Annual Report 2021

From holding our largest Annual Convening yet, to launching the inaugural regional hub and continuing to support partner institutions to implement and scale quality educational models, 2021 was a year of growth at the Education Collaborative. 

Individual Stakeholders

The 2021 Annual Convening welcomed over 300 individual stakeholders from over 100 organisations; an 8.4% increase from 2020. Jointly organized by Ashesi University, KeplerCentre for Social Innovations GhanaUniversity of Gondar and Ayenit Alolom Africa, the three-day event featured plenary sessions, workshops and talks focused on entrepreneurship, employability, and diversity and inclusion within African higher educational institutions.



Annual Convening


represented in Annual Convening across 26 countries, 65% in Africa: 73 Higher education institutions; 47 Non-higher education institutions. The Annual Convening also achieved a 27% repeat rate for attendance from 2020.


9 Higher

Education Institutions 

with a combined student population of 30,000+ joined the first regional hub to lead the strategic implementation of Education Collaborative vision in the region.


Regional Impact

$30 Million

raised by a member institution, with  support from the Education Collaborative under its mentorship program. $30K was also distributed in the form of grants to support institutions implement initiatives to achieve impact and growth within their context.




Through the contributions and support of the Collaborative’s leadership, consulting committee, network members, and other stakeholders, we are steadily deepening collaborations and scaling our impact across Africa. 

–  Rose Dodd, Director, Education Collaborative


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Letter from the Director

Three Communities of Practice (CoPs)

created, establishing four CoPs with a total of 52 members to foster multi-institutional and multi-country innovation

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Mentorship and Development

Five High School Teachers Trained as Trainers

in online learning management system (LMS) hands-on science program. The teachers trained an additional 45 high school teachers in four regions in Ghana.


Ethics and Leadership

  • A public college of education receive capacity training for 100+ executives, staff, and student leaders on building an ethical campus culture for a student population of 1200. The capacity development was received during mentorship to develop a student-led honour system. One private higher education institution formally adopted an honour system led by the student government. 
  • Three beneficiary institutions of Giving Voice to Values (GVV) train-the-trainer program in 2020 trained additional 185+ individuals on building skills for ethical action in 2021. 
  • 36 employees of a corporate organization received training on building skills for ethical action.

Focal Initiatives

Giving Voice to Values Africa Project

The GVV Africa Project is a two-year program under the Education Collaborative’s ethics and leadership focus area. Led by a team of leaders and professionals within the higher educational space, the program explores the dynamics of values conflicts and how industry professionals can navigate those dynamics.

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Three higher education institutions in West, and East Africa receive mentorship to develop their career and employability systems in the pilot roll-out of the Systems Change Program, with the potential of impacting 50,000+ students over the next five years.


Focal Initiatives

The Systems Change Program- Employability

The Systems Change Program is an 18-month systems transformation process designed to fundamentally develop the components and structures of key systems that drive outcomes in higher education institutions (HEI).


Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Development

The Education Collaborative supported the setup of a business incubation centre that has enrolled 40 students’ business with the potential of serving as innovation hub for four universities in the Sahel region.


Focal Initiatives

2021 Stories


2021 in Review

In many ways 2021 was an eventful year for us, our partners and our stakeholders. In addition to our key outcomes, here’s a look at some of the stories that helped shape the year.