GPE Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) awards 22 grants to respond to education challenges in partner countries
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A class 2 student at Shree Krishna Ratna School in Chautara, Ward 5, Sindhupalchowk District, Nepal. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch
A class 2 student at Shree Krishna Ratna School in Chautara, Ward 5, Sindhupalchowk District, Nepal. June 2019
GPE/Kelley Lynch

Following four regional calls for proposals between July and September 2020, 22 projects have been selected to generate and mobilize knowledge to address shared policy challenges and strengthen national education systems in GPE partner countries.

Implemented by Canada’s International Development Research Centre, the GPE Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) connects the expertise, innovation and knowledge of GPE partners to help partner countries build stronger education systems, thereby accelerating progress towards achieving SDG 4.

With a combined budget of almost $20 million, regional grants will:

  • Build knowledge about innovative solutions to shared policy challenges in GPE partner countries and how their positive impacts can be scaled up
  • Support the use of that knowledge in and across education systems for policy, practice and technological development and implementation
  • Strengthen capacities to generate and use knowledge and innovation for education.

Each call for proposal was designed to respond to shared education policy challenges of GPE partner countries in each of the four KIX regions of Latin America and the Caribbean; East and Southern Africa (Africa 19); West and Central Africa and the Indian Ocean (Africa 21); and Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

To identify these challenges, the four KIX regional hubs led a process from March to July 2020 across partner countries to identify policy priorities in their region. This process involved consultation with government and non-governmental education stakeholders and regional experts, as well as a review of education sector plans and regional education analyses.

Grants awarded in the Latin America and the Caribbean hub

The priorities identified for this region are: rural inequalities; context-specific capacity building efforts; and gender equity and inclusion in education planning and practice.

The selected projects include:

Grants awarded in the East, West and Southern Africa hub (Africa 19)

The priorities identified for this region are: strengthening in-service teacher mentorship and support; increasing access to early childhood care and education for rural and marginalized children; increasing access to quality education for rural and marginalized children; and strengthening the utilization of learning assessments.

The selected projects include:

Grants awarded in the West and Central Africa and the Indian Ocean hub (Africa 21)

The priorities identified for this region are: pre- and in-service teacher training; offering opportunities for out-of-school children and youth; promoting gender equality and girls’ success in school; and quality teaching and learning in multilingual environments.

The selected projects include:

Grants awarded in the Europe, Asia, and the Pacific hub

The priorities identified for this region are: realizing the potential of new curricula; optimizing education management information systems (EMIS); inclusive access and stronger learning outcomes; and improving distance teaching and learning.

The selected projects include are:

All projects will begin implementation in the coming months following grant contract finalization.

A class 2 student at Shree Krishna Ratna School in Chautara, Ward 5, Sindhupalchowk District, Nepal. Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch
A class 2 student at Shree Krishna Ratna School in Chautara, Ward 5, Sindhupalchowk District, Nepal. June 2019
GPE/Kelley Lynch

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