New database puts African education research at the heart of policy and practice

Instead, more attention is needed on issues which can make a difference to the most marginalised. One example is early childhood education, which accounts for just 3% of studies.

There is growing recognition of the quality of research in developing countries and its importance for policy and practice. One area where this applies is education. African research is often “overlooked and undervalued”, with knowledge and expertise from the continent neglected in favour of research and researchers from elsewhere. Yet the insights of researchers with firsthand experience of social, cultural and material issues that affect schooling in Africa are extremely valuable.

To increase the visibility and impact of African education research, Rafael Mitchell, Pauline Rose and Samuel Asare write in Th Conversation that they partnered with the charity Education Sub-Saharan Africa to create the African Education Research Database. This is a curated collection of peer-reviewed studies undertaken by researchers in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more