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African Union | Innovating Education in Africa 2021

| Sectors: Education, technology, innovation
| Granting entities: African Union
| Deadline: 25 June
| Type of support: Grant
| Funding/benefits: 100,000 USD
| Applicants: Legal entities from AU members
| Locations: Africa

Synopsis: Innovating Education in Africa (IEA) was established in 2018 by the African Union (AU) with the aim of identifying, promoting and supporting the systemic adoption and replication of education innovations in all aspects of education and training in Africa. The event showcased 50 education innovations selected from across Africa and held policy dialogues with policy makers and development stakeholders to make the case for embedding innovation in education systems in Africa, and endorsing the implementation of the continental programme. In 2019 the event was held on a much larger scale with strengthening of partnerships with key education development organisations across Africa, such as EU, GIZ, ADEA, Mastercard Foundation, ONE, GeSCI, UNICEF and Ashoka. In 2020, Innovating Education in Africa was held as a series of virtual activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic with more than 300 submissions received from 31 African countries. Since the inception of the program, over 1,500 education stakeholders have been engaged, 140 innovations have been promoted, and 24 organisations implementing innovations have been supported with grants of 423,000 USD.

Successful applicants will benefit from one or more of the following:

  • Receive grants of up to 100,000 USD to implement pilot projects in collaboration with AU Member States.
  • Promotion and publicity of Innovation to AU Member States and Development Partners, including publication in the Africa Education Innovations Handbook 2021 and future invitation to participate in AU events and programs.
  • Certificate of recognition from the African Union Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.

Link to application here.

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