It was a moment of thrill on the 7th of September 2022 as education researchers across the continent gathered at the American Corner in Lagos, Nigeria to brainstorm and discuss topical issues on research in Africa. The theme of this edition was “Innovative Approaches for Advancing Education Research in Africa”.
The forum was launched in 2021 when Edvant Edge Africa birthed to life the idea of hosting Africa’s brightest researchers to brainstorm and deliberate on sustainable research solutions for Africa’s most important sector – the education industry. The first physical forum was held in June 2021 and featured two astute researchers in African higher education. The forum is a day event and is non-paid to accommodate and inspire a new generation of Africans; committed to creating adequate, evidence-based, and solution-oriented research for the development of education across Africa and society in general.
Like the 1st, the 2nd Education Research Forum featured two exceptional educational researchers in Africa. Delegates at the forum were fascinated by the innovative approaches to education research delivered by Rhoda Odigboh who is a global educational practitioner, currently serving as Head of Programmes (Africa) at Kizazi. Resounding her points was none other than multi-award-winning Babajide Milton Macaulay, a prominent education consultant and Co-Founder at Wadi Africa who stressed the need for quality education research among African researchers.
The engagement between researchers did not end at the physical event but continued further in a platform called The Education Research Network. The network is designed to facilitate deeper discussions to promote the production of quality research materials for the sake of proffering solutions to real-world problems.
This year’s edition had a spice to it; an essay competition among young researchers in Africa was organised to foster compelling arguments on the topic: “Education in Crisis: Challenges, Prospects and Innovative Approaches for Advancing Higher Education in Africa”. The Education Research Essay Competition was sponsored by the number one university for development studies: The University of Sussex UK. Essay entries were received across the continent and reviewed by a panel of competent education researchers. Three winners emerged and went home with a lump of NGN 250,000.
This forum was hosted at the American Corner at Vibranium Valley in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos State. Our magnanimous partner; the American Corner, is an American-style cultural centre and cooperative learning environment. Apart from hosting life-transforming events, the corner also offers programmes, activities and resources such as books, maker space equipment and Internet access.
As the sun sets on the second edition, Edvant Edge Africa is back behind the curtains, putting plans in place for the third edition of the Education Research Forum which is anticipated to hold in the 3rd quarter of 2023. To find out more about the third edition, join the Education Research Network today.
The education research forum is just one of many programmes organised by Edvant Edge Africa. Edvant Edge Africa is Edvant Edge Ltd. is an institutional advancement firm that provides a unique platform for advancement professionals of higher education institutions and international development organisations to learn, share, and grow. Through our core focus on training, research, and development, we help educational institutions across Africa build capacity and networks towards achieving their goals. At Edvant Edge, we provide a unique platform for fundraisers, marketers, researchers, partnership officers, alumni relations officers and international relations officers to get trained by thought leaders and experts within the industry.
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