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Research Initiatives

Teaching and Learning in Fragile Context
2023 Grant Application Call for Proposals

Teaching and Learning in Fragile Contexts (TLFC) is a four-year project funded by the Government of Canada.  The project has two main components which are linked to each other; but are implemented separately.  The first component is an education improvement initiative in Sierra Leone and Liberia which seeks to enhance pre-service education of teachers through improved practicums and pedagogy.  The second component is an Africa wide research project with a focus on literacy learning in refugee and displaced contexts. Overall, the TLFC project aims to improve the learning outcomes for early grade learners in fragile, refugee and displacement contexts.

TLFC research component aims to support situated and transferable research on quality teaching and culturally relevant reading materials. This component of the project also intentionally facilitates the access and use of research by African education sector policymakers and practitioners to improve sustainable literacy and learning outcomes for children in African Refugee and IDP contexts, including in Sierra Leone and Liberia. There is a particular focus on gender equality and inclusion in primary-level education programming for girls. This component of the TLFC project builds on the existing Context Matters Research Program

To accomplish these objectives, CODE will:

  1. Establish the Teaching and Learning in Fragile Contexts African Research Network (TLFC-ARN) made up of members from African NGOs, INGOs, research institutions, and academic institutions who are actively working in refugee and IPD education
  2. Develop a dynamic and adaptive research agenda based on the experience and knowledge of the TLFC Africa Research Network, context scan and a literature and research context review.
  3. Fund, support and mentor/coach research teams to carry out research projects based on an established research agenda.
  4. Disseminate research findings to a variety of key stakeholders, including education decision makers and practitioners through the most appropriate methods and forums to influence policy and practice decision.
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