The Africa 19 Digital Repository Launch: A Celebration of Knowledge Mobilization in Africa
Tuesday, December 8th marked the launch of the Africa 19 Digital Repository, an online library containing more than 200 resources from across the KIX Africa 19 Hub’s member states and technical partners.
To celebrate the Hub’s latest achievement, remarks were delivered by several of the Hub’s implementing partners, including the UNESCO IICBA Director, Ms. Yumiko Yokozeki, who congratulated the Hub and appreciated the participation of all involved in a project “long overdue” in the education community. Implementing partners, UNICEF ESARO, and the African Union Commission, echoed the necessity of the Hub project and the importance of knowledge mobilization activities, like the Digital Repository, to allow for greater sharing of resources and data from countries in the Eastern, Southern and Western Africa region.
A video of testimonials from the Hub’s member states and technical partners was also shared, in which focal points from Malawi, FAWE, the Gambia, VVOB, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Zambia expressed their experience so far participating in the Hub and their hopes for the Africa 19 Digital Repository. Anne Ngatia, KIX focal point from Kenya, appreciated the Repository’s use to “connect Kenya’s educationalists with information and expertise globally… and share what works well and at the same time access practices and information that have proved to work well in other countries, for continuous improvement.”
The Hub Secretariat led a virtual tour of the Digital Repository and demonstrated how to access its resources. Tricia Wind, KIX Program Manager at IDRC, remarked on the collaboration and integration of the Africa 19 Digital Repository and IDRC’s much anticipated release of interactive tools on its KIX Digital Platform, which are expected to open up further opportunities for countries and partners across regions to exchange and learn from one another.
You may access the Africa 19 Digital Repository at iicba.unesco.org/Africa19.