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Call for Submissions

Education and training remain among the bedrocks for human empowerment, inclusive prosperity, and progressive development. However, this powerful agency of education does not happen by chance but has to be planned and strategised through the adoption of innovative practices in education.

Current demographic trends in Africa have seen the expansion of education systems without necessarily having the concurrent enhancement of productivity and efficiency, particularly with regards to improved outcomes in quality and equity in learning opportunities. In addition, education and training systems today are characterised by an exponential growth in information technology, globalization, questions about relevance and rising inequalities.

To contend with these issues, education systems have to develop new and innovative approaches at all levels from government policies to classroom teaching methods and informal learning, with an aim of empowering learners to adapt to their changing environments. This must be done urgently in order that we achieve the goals we have set for ourselves in Agenda 2063 and SDGs, as unpacked in the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25), whose mission is to “Reorient Africa’s education and training systems to meet the knowledge, competencies, skills innovation and creativity required to nurture African core values and promote sustainable development at the national, sub-regional and continental levels.” Innovating Education in Africa is therefore at the centre of CESA’s implementation as education should remain relevant in the face of rapid societal changes to which it needs to adapt.

It is with this background that the African Union Commission is working with several partner agencies across Africa to organize the ‘Innovating Education in Africa Expo’ to showcase technical and social innovations in every area of education and training. The purpose is to establish a multisectoral platform for experience sharing on relevant innovations that address education challenges in Africa. The event, to be held in Dakar – Senegal, from 11th - 13th June 2018 is also aimed at raising the visibility of these innovative practices in order that they can be supported, up-scaled, replicated or further developed.


Focus Areas

Innovations being sought for include both technical and social interventions that seek to enhance access, inclusion, quality and the relevance of education in the following areas:

  • Teacher Development
  • Education infrastructure
  • Education Management Information System (EMIS), Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Educational Technology (EduTech)
  • Women and Girls education
  • Literacy and Lifelong Learning
  • STEM Education
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
  • Research
  • Peace Education and Safe Schools
  • Education system data collection, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Life Skills and Employability
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Public Private Partnerships
  • Education of persons with disabilities including but not limited to learning disabilities and mild general learning difficulties, speech and language disorders, physical disabilities, sensory Impairments
  • Experiential Education and Critical Pedagogy
  • Values-based Education (VbE)


Submission Formats:

As this will be an opportunity for engagement towards bringing innovation from all major stakeholders and actors, we are looking for a diverse range of submissions including:

Project Summary

Individual innovators and organisations are invited to submit a summary of projects which have are leading or have led to unique outcomes. Submissions should cover the following areas in a maximum of 2500 words.

  • The problem that your project is or was solving;
  • The solution that your project is or was providing;
  • How your project is innovative compared to others addressing the same problem;
  • How the lives of the target population are better off because of your project.

Paper Presentation Proposals

Academics and scholars are invited to present Papers on any of the focus topics. Papers are expected to present original quality research with the potential to produce results that are sufficiently general for theoretical and/or practical knowledge to be recognisably increased. Full Paper submissions are expected to be a maximum of 2,500 words, including references.     

Policy Presentation Proposals

Government institutions are also welcome to present a summary of innovations in policy which have are leading to or have led to unique outcomes on one of the focus topics. Such submissions should be a maximum of 2000 words and should cover the following areas:

  • The problem that the policy is targeting or targeted;
  • The solution that the policy is providing or provided;
  • How the policy is innovative compared to other similar policies addressing the same problem;
  • How the lives of the target population are better off because of the policy.


Eligibility Criteria

The organizing committee of the Innovating Education in Africa Expo therefore invites submissions of innovative projects, papers and policies regarding ground breaking practices and findings that are leading to more impact than traditional methods in education and training.

  • Individuals, organisations or government institutions of AU Member States;
  • The innovations must have demonstrated impact, with potential for wide dissemination in Africa;
  • The individual, organisation, government institution must consent to having their innovation shared across the continent for purposes of replication;
  • Submissions must be made by the original author of the innovation or a senior official of the organisation or government institution that developed the innovation.


Submission Guidelines

Please follow the following guidelines in your submission:

  • Submission Languages: English and French
  • Download the submission template from and complete with information about your project, presentation or paper.
  • Submit the completed submission template and your CV online at
  • Deadline for submissions is 30 March 2018, 12.00 midnight Addis Ababa time (GMT+3). Early submissions are encouraged.
  • Each individual or organisation or government institution may make only one submission regarding one project, policy or research area.


Successful applicants will receive the following:

  • Have their innovations showcased during the Innovating Education in Africa Expo
  • Funding support to participate in the event may be available, based on need and geographical distribution.
  • Exclusive access to the Africa Education Innovators Network (AEIN)
  • Innovations will be published in the first edition of the Africa Education Innovators Handbook to be distributed and publicised across the continent


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