In 2016, NORRAG has set up a second Collaborative Program in Africa, with the Research Workshop on Education in Burkina Faso (Atelier de Recherche Éducation au Burkina Faso – AREB) hosted by the National Institute for Social Sciences (INSS) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
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 organizations 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, thanks to the support of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), a new website is in place, the inventory of knowledge on education in Burkina Faso is underway, as well as the production of a book on the evolution of the national education system since 1960 (to be launched at a conference at the end of 2017).
Visit the AREB website for more information.
The broad objective of this collaboration is:
These documents will be available for download on NORRAG website shortly. In the meantime please contact us should you wish to receive a copy.
An AREB conference will be held in Ouagadougou on 29-30 November 2017. The agenda will include:
AREB & NORRAG Policy Brief #4 will examine the ways Burkina Faso policies in education and training are interacting with development cooperation agencies, policies and SDG4, and will be released in the first quarter of 2018.
The program has received strong interest from national stakeholders. A private foundation has shown interest in testing this program, possibly in a few Western African countries, as a “good practice” in collaboration with AFD and the Association pour la Recherche sur l’Éducation et les Savoirs (ARES France and NORRAG).