Right from the start ESSA has been working alongside partners in and outside of Africa who share our same vision and belief that by working together we will each be more successful in achieving our goals.
AAI’s mission is to strengthen human capacity for Africa’s development through education, skills training, dialogue, convening activities, program development and management. AAI plays a key role in bridging co-operation between the US and Africa.
AAI has given ESSA a platform for the first public presentation of its work in 2017 at their SOE conference in Nairobi. Currently we are working together to develop an initiative on the “State of Educational data and statistics in Africa”.
“ESSA is a fascinating new endeavour in the African education space – I really appreciate ESSA’s innovative and action and impact-orientated approach in addressing major challenges.”
Kofi Appenteng, Chief Executive Officer of the Africa-America Institute, New York City
AAU is one of the key players in higher Education in Africa. With almost 400 members its mission is to enhance the quality and relevance of higher education in Africa and to strengthen its contribution to Africa’s development.
From its headquarters in Ghana the AAU serves as a platform for African Universities to co-operate on research and to reflect and consult on issues pertaining to Higher Education. It possesses a unique capacity to convene and communicate with institutional leaders and policy makers from all parts of Africa.
AAU formed a partnership with ESSA in 2017, and we have been working together on a range of projects, most notably the “Demographics of Faculty” and the creation of a “Pan African Academic Jobs Board”. AAU also gave ESSA a prominent role at its 2017 50th Anniversary conference in Accra, expanding ESSA’s network and reputation at an early stage in its development.
“ESSA is a great partner for the AAU, and I particularly appreciate their fresh thinking, dynamic approach and highly collaborative way of working. ‘Joining up’ is really part of their DNA!”
Prof. Etienne Ahile, Secretary General, Association of African Universities
Africa Leadership University (ALU) is a world class tertiary institution with campuses in Rwanda and Mauritius. ALU’s students have been active contributors to a range of ESSA projects. ESSA has also inspired the work that ALU and INSEAD are now doing in executive education.
Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) is France’s public development bank. It commits financial and technical assistance to projects in developing and emerging countries. AFD’s Research department have partnered with ESSA and NORRAG to support research on education in Francophone West-Africa, particularly in Burkina Faso. Together we have co-financed AREB (Atelier de Recherche sur l’Education au Burkina Faso) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with their conference “L’éducation au Burkina Faso: progrès, défis actuels et perspectives” in November 2017.
“ESSA is a remarkable new player in the education space, and I am very glad they also work in Francophone Africa and are highly supportive of Africa-based research on education. There is a definite need to bridge Francophone and Anglophone, and ESSA can add a great deal of value here”.
Rohen D’Aiglepierre, PhD
Human Development Economist, Research Officer, Research Division of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).
Ashesi is increasingly recognized as one of the finest universities in Africa, with an educational experience proven to prepare students for successful lives and careers. Their mission is to educate ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa;
to cultivate within students, the critical thinking skills, the concern for others, and the courage it will take to transform the continent. With an academic program designed in collaboration with some of the world's best universities and organisations, Ashesi has created an educational model unlike any other in Africa.
Ashesi has partnered with ESSA through ESSA’s paid internships for African students, giving them the opportunity to fully take part in a number of educational projects.
Atelier de Recherche sur l’Education au Burkina Faso (AREB) is an Initiative to join up Burkinabé education researchers and provide options for dialogue with policy makers in the country. ESSA has been delighted to assist AREB’s work through supporting their conference “L’éducation au Burkina Faso: progrès, défis actuels et perspectives” in November 2017.
Since its inception, Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has been working towards providing children and young people in developing countries with access to quality education through the design and funding of programs that aim to be integrated, impactful, sustainable and scalable. As a result, the UAE-based global philanthropic organization has successfully launched education programs reaching over 18 million beneficiaries in 57 developing countries.
Dubai Cares is playing a key role in helping achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which aims to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning by 2030, by supporting programs in early childhood development, access to quality primary and secondary education, technical and vocational education and training for youth as well as a particular focus on education in emergencies and protracted crises.
In the UAE, Dubai Cares engages residents through a series of volunteer, awareness and fundraising initiatives that are linked to its global mandate. These initiatives include the annual Walk for Education, Volunteer Emirates, Volunteer Globally and Ramadan Campaign.
“We are excited to announce our expansion into tertiary education, as we believe it is essential for growth, breaking the cycle of poverty and enabling individuals and communities to prosper. We believe this first ever intervention in tertiary education by Dubai Cares will help connect students and graduates to employment opportunities and will be central to developing successful and sustainable economies and societies. It also represents a logical extension of our programming which has been targeting young people, to now cover the third stage of education. This program, which is in partnership with ESSA, presents an exciting opportunity for Dubai Cares to play a leading international role in contributing to the academic success of millions of students, boost employment in the long-term and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.”
Dr. Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares
The ESMT international business school in Berlin was founded by 25 leading global companies and institutions. It offers a range of MBA and masters programmes as well as executive education with a focus on leadership, social responsibility, European competitiveness and the management of technology.
ESMT is working with ESSA on its work to create a series of programmes and resources for developing educational leaders.
Ghana’s National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) was established in 1993 as a supervisory body of Tertiary Education in Ghana. NCTE is devoted to providing leadership in the direction, functions, role and relevance of tertiary education in Ghana, leading Tertiary Education to new heights. NCTE is ESSA’s first government partner for the pilot on “Demographics of Faculty”.
Potsdam-based Hasso-Plattner Institute (HPI) created by Prof. Hasso Plattner, the co-founder of SAP. HPI is one of the top educational facilities globally in the digital learning space and its free open-access courses and learning resources are enabling people of all ages across the globe to enhance their digital skills.
HPI is ESSA’s technology partner to develop a concept for the ‘go to’ Knowledge Hub for everything related to ‘Education in sub-Saharan Africa’. Furthermore, HPI has donated to ESSA an OpenESSA platform which we will use for a range of online resources from short provokers to MOOCs. We will produce these in cooperation with African universities and other partners.
The partnership with ESSA is an opportunity for HPI to go further African. We are excited about the perspective to see OpenESSA being launched by the end of the year, in cooperation with us, and to access many more African users of high quality online digital learning content”.
Prof. Christoph Meinel, President and CEO, Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH
INSEAD is one of the world’s leading business schools and ESSA formed a partnership with INSEAD in March 2017.
The first stage of ESSA’s cooperation with INSEAD has been to join them up with the African Leadership University (ALU), focusing on a series of mapping projects, and to develop programmes for leaders in education.
The Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) was established in 1980, originally called the Inter University Committee (IUC). IUCEA is hosted in Kampala, Uganda with its main objectives being to:
Facilitate networking among universities in East Africa, and with universities outside the region;
Provide a forum for discussion on a wide range of academic and other matters relating to higher education in East Africa; and
Facilitate maintenance of internationally comparable education standards in East Africa so as to promote the region's competitiveness in higher education.
With its main roles and functions to:
Coordinate inter-university cooperation in East Africa;
Facilitate the strategic development of member universities; and
Promote internationally comparable higher education standards and systems for sustainable regional development.
IUCEA and ESSA's first cooperation will be the Scholarship Impact Hub.
The Jacobs Foundation has a main focus on the promotion of child and youth development all over the world, providing various kinds of support for individuals and institutions active in research and practice. In Côte d’Ivoire, they are working to help transform education, both at the national level and in rural regions.
Seeing the value of ESSA’s partnership with the REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge to transform the visibility and accessibility of research on education undertaken by African-based researchers the Jacobs Foundation is now a key funder of this work. The Jacobs Foundation also supports ESSA with a project in Côte d’Ivoire to map research on education and training as well as research on the links between the two domains and the employability of young people. As a significant foundation in the education space, the Jacobs Foundation has also been very supportive of ESSA in building its profile and relationships in West Africa.
Jacobs University is a private, English-language campus-based university offering the highest standards in research and teaching, based in Bremen, Germany. It has a significant African student membership drawn from a broad range of countries and backgrounds.
Jacobs University has partnered with ESSA in a number of ways including workshops with its African students, paid projects and assignments to support our social media activity.
We have been working together with ESSA for more than a year now, especially around student projects, allowing African students from Jacobs University to be part of ESSA’s impressive work on education. We highly appreciate that ESSA puts young Africans at the heart of all they do.”
Tanja Woebs, Corporate Relations and Talent Programs Officer Business Solutions, Jacobs University
The Mastercard Foundation is one of the world’s leading foundations in the higher education space, with a deep presence in Africa especially in capacity building and scholarships. The Mastercard Foundation is a natural partner for ESSA on the “Demographics of Faculty” project and has enthusiastically provided funding for the Ghana pilot as well as other support and insights.
Network for international policies and cooperation in education and training (NORRAG) core mandate and strength is to produce, disseminate and broker critical knowledge and to build capacity for and with a wide range of stakeholders. These stakeholders inform and shape education policies and practice, both at national and international levels.
NORRAG and ESSA have partnered with AFD to support research on education in Francophone West-Africa, particularly in Burkina Faso. ESSA’s Director has also spoken at NORRAG’s international symposium on “Philanthropy in Education: Global Trends, Regional Differences and Diverse Perspectives” in November 2017, Geneva, Switzerland.
The Population Reference Bureau (PRB), in Washington DC, is one of the world’s leading demographic institutions. It informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. Its flagship product is the World Population Data Sheet.
PRB works with AAU and ESSA on the Demographic of Faculty initiative.
“ESSA has ambitious goals for addressing systemic obstacles to increasing returns on investments in higher education in African countries.”
Jeff Jordan, President and CEO
The Robert Bosch Stiftung is a leading European private foundation and ESSA’s major funder at start up.
The Bosch Foundation has also provided considerable non-financial support including seconding ESSA’s founding director, Olaf Hahn, providing board support through the trusteeship of their CEO, Uta-Micaela Dürig, as well as access to its broad network of relationships in Africa and around the world.
“ESSA has developed tremendously over the last three years. The seed-funding provided by us is offering high return on investment. I am excited to see ESSA growing further, and to produce high impact for Tertiary Education in sub-Saharan Africa.”
Joachim Rogall, President and CEO, Robert Bosch Stiftung
SAP is a market leader in enterprise application software and helps organisations fight the damaging effects of complexity, generate new opportunities for innovation and growth, and stay ahead of the competition.
SAP has supported ESSA on the design of their “go to Knowledge Hub on education in Africa”, in the framework of their “social sabbatical” allowing SAP teams to work with NGOs and charities on digital issues.
The Schaufler Foundation was founded in 2005 by Senator h. c. Peter Schaufler (deceased), former CEO and owner of BITZER, with the aim to continue his life’s work of combining entrepreneurship with science, research, education and the arts.
In terms of science and research, the focus is on environment protection. In the field of education, the foundation supports a variety of universities in Germany and now, by working with ESSA, will expand its activities into Africa. The Schaufler Foundation is a key funder of ESSA's Pilot Scholarship Impact Hub project.
The Schaufler Foundation also funds the Schauwerk Sindelfingen, a museum for contemporary art. Since its opening in June 2010, the Schauwerk Sindelfingen has displayed a representative selection of over 3,500 works from the Schaufler collection, together with loans from other museums and collectors as part of its temporary exhibitions.
The Research for Equitable Access & Learning (REAL Centre) is one of the world’s top research institutions on education, based at one of the world’s top universities. The mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. The priorities of the REAL Centre align with, and contribute to, the international strategy of the University.
The Faculty of Education is central to the University's mission and consistently delivers excellent results. The product of its cutting-edge teaching and research is considerable real-world impact, with its academics consulted on policy by governments throughout the world and its collaborative international projects affecting on-the-ground change.
The REAL Centre is capitalising upon this strong track record, harnessing and augmenting the Faculty’s strengths and creating a critical mass of expertise in education and international development in order to drive forward its agenda. It builds on the important work undertaken previously under the Centre for Commonwealth Education and Centre for Education and International Development (CEID), notably the RECOUP programme.
The University of Warwick has been an important partner for ESSA, even before it was founded. The catalyst to create ESSA was the experience of its founder, Warwick alumnus Patrick Dunne, in founding and growing another charity with Warwick, Warwick in Africa (WIA). Since 2006 WIA has benefitted over 465,000 young Africans in deprived and rural areas with transformed Maths and English teaching. Warwick also provided support and encouragement in the early proof of concept research for ESSA.
Since ESSA’s formation Warwick has been directly involved in three key projects:
As part of ESSA’s approach to put Africans at the heart of all it does, learners and teachers in Warwick in Africa schools have taken part in a series of workshops over two years across Tanzania and South Africa. These workshops have not only informed ESSA’s strategy and priorities but also given African’s a powerful voice.
ESSA’s State of Statistics project is benefitting considerably from the advisory role that Professor Jane Hutton is playing and finally;
Warwick’s pioneering academic jobs site Jobs.ac is partnering with the Association of African Universities and ESSA to create a pan-African on-line academic jobs board
‘Two of Warwick’s most defining attributes as a University are its International outlook and its commitment to social inclusion. Our own Warwick in Africa programme has supported maths education in range of schools across the African continent, and it is fantastic to see how that work, and the energy and enthusiasm of Warwick’s alumni and staff, have helped contribute to, inspire and even power the transformational practice of ESSA.’