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TOPIC: Education in Crisis: Challenges, Prospects, and Innovative Approaches for Advancing Higher Education in Africa


You are invited to participate in the ERF 2022 Essay Competition! 

This year the Educational Research Network will explore several themes that bothers on educational research in higher institutions in Africa. Our editors will read all submissions and choose literary works that tackle any of the themes. All submissions will reviewed on a rolling basis

Theme: Education in Crisis: Challenges, Prospects, and  Innovative Approaches for

 Advancing Higher Education in Africa

  • Cash benefits:     
     – £250
    1st Runner Up – £150
    2nd Runner Up – £100
  • ERN essay award
  • Feature on Edvant Edge Africa Blog


Entry is open to all graduates and current students undergoing a first, second or third cycle in any higher institution in Africa. Candidates whose research interests are in the area of educational research and development are also eligible. All candidates must not be older than 45 years by the submission deadline (August 31, 2022).

Essay requirements

Essays will be evaluated based on their level of expertise and comprehension of the pertinent topic, their skillful application of evidence, the strength of their reasoning, their structure, writing style, and their persuasiveness. Candidates are recommended to provide a clear and concise response to the question. Each essay will be a maximum of 1500 words excluding headers and written using the Arial font and font size of 12. 



According to UNESCO, half of the children in Sub-Saharan Africa have not enrolled in school as more than 85 percent of children in this region are not learning at the minimum proficiency standards. More so, they sadly emphasized that “despite years of steady growth in enrolment rates, the education situation in sub-Saharan Africa continues to threaten the future of entire generations''. Compounding the prevalent situation, the Covid pandemic hit deep into global educational development as nearly 2 billion children and youth were out of school as at April 2020. It therefore suffices to say that the African education system is plagued with a myriad of problems.

Innovative Approaches for Advancing Education Research in Africa