The AREB/NORRAG International Collaborative Programme on Research in Education


The Education Research Workshop in Burkina Faso – or Atelier de Recherche sur l'Education au Burkina Faso (AREB) – based at the Institute for Social Sciences (INSS) of the National Scientific and Technological Research Centre in Ouagadougou and NORRAG have established a collaborative programme in May 2016.


                                                      AREB was initiated in 1999 by professors and researchers from the University of Ouagadougou - now University Ouaga 1 Professor Joseph Ki-Zerbo - the "Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique" (CNRST), the French Research Institute for Development (IRD) and other education and training stakeholders. Since then, monthly seminars gathering representatives from ministries, academia and civil society organisations have been discussing research outcomes. AREB is conducting various other activities around the theme of education. A book was published in 2002 following an international conference on the Challenges of Educational Research. Today, a revamp of the website and of the inventory of knowledge on education in Burkina Faso are underway, as well as the production of a book on the evolution of the national education system since 1960.
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The broad objective of this collaboration is to produce resources, in Burkina Faso, about international and regional policies in education and training and their interactions with policies at the national level, and to relaunch a French version of NORRAG News – La Lettre de NORRAG – with a contextualization of the content. In parallel, this collaboration aims at fostering research on Technical and Vocational Skills Development (TVSD) in line with AREB’s objective to strengthen education research in the country, and at organizing joint events for the education and training community in West Africa.

The collaborative programme has started with the following activities:

  • The relaunch of La Lettre de NORRAG, which will include a selection of articles translated from the English version, as well as additional pieces providing an outlook from French speaking regions and countries (first issue to be released at the beginning of 2017)
  • The publication of joint knowledge products including Policy Briefs (more information available soon)