Achieving the Education Collaborative’s transformation mandate in higher-ed cannot be executed by one institution; reaching this goal requires a collective effort. To deliver practical transformation solutions in Africa’s higher-ed, the Education Collaborative launched its Communities of Practice (CoP) to allow educators and experts leverage each other’s competencies.

The CoP workgroups are engaged all year-round on thematic areas they choose and receive microgrants from the Collaborative to support their projects. CoP members choose from these thematic areas: Ethics and Leadership, Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, Student Career Development, Research Culture and Diversity and Inclusion

In the year 2020, the Collaborative introduced the first cohort of its Ethics and Leadership Community of Practice (EnLCoP). The members of the CoP participated in a Giving Voice to Values (GVV) train-the-trainer workshop held in July 2020. The EnLCoP champions projects that develop ethical cultures in institutions and work towards training a new generation of leaders with the right ethical compass to transform Africa. 

To support its maiden cohort, the Collaborative issued a microgrant of $500.00 each to organizations that previously engaged in the GVV workshop and responded to the call for proposals. Three organizations benefitted from the microgrant; Educaid Sierra Leone, Edify Ghana Limited and Emerging Public Leaders. These organizations have been tasked to tailor the GVV modules to suit their audiences with the amount received. They have begun adapting the GVV modules into training modules to train about 200 teachers and 55 public servants who will in turn, train about 10,000 students and other public servants in ethical action.

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