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EDUFI Active in Developing Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa

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The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) implements the EU Regional Facility for Teachers in Africa, with the focus on supporting teacher education and teacher professional development in sub-Saharan African countries.
Regional Facility for Teachers in Africa -hankkeen aloitustyöpaja, jossa mukana osallistujat kumppanimaista.
The Facility's kickoff took place in Helsinki.

The Regional Facility for Teachers in Africa (RFTA) supports developing teacher education and teacher professional development through offering technical assistance for teacher governance in sub-Saharan African countries. Furthermore, the Facility aims at enhancing the use of research-based solutions in developing teacher education and teacher policies. 

The Facility is implemented by three EU member states: Belgium (Enabel), France (Expertise France) and Finland (EDUFI). The total budget for six years is 92 million euros, with the implementation completed in two phases. The Facility belongs to the wider Regional Teacher Initiative for Africa, a Team Europe initiative implemented together with the three EU member states, UNESCO and the African Union. The initiative is funded by the European Commission as part of the Global Gateway investment package.
 

EDUFI Coordinates Research Grants and Knowledge Management

EDUFI coordinates the research grant component aiming at developing teacher education through research in sub-Saharan African countries. Furthermore, EDUFI is in charge of the knowledge management component, including collecting evidence and good practices throughout the different activities and facilitating knowledge exchange between partners and within the Facility. The funding for the activities coordinated by EDUFI is 14 million euros for the first three years (2024-2026).

The Facility can provide various opportunities for cooperation for Finnish actors, such as expert deployments, implementing projects and research cooperation. Furthermore, there will be a call for research grants for higher education institutions in Europe and Africa.