Joining Global Conversations: A recap of TaRL Africa’s Participation in Events in 2023

In the dynamic landscape of global education innovation, events, conferences, and summits have become important platforms for fostering conversations and collaboration. From New York to the UK and beyond, our dedicated colleagues seized opportunities to attend insightful events, contributing to advocacy efforts and knowledge-sharing initiatives. This blog documents the events that TaRL Africa team members actively engaged in throughout the latter half of 2023.

Notably, Titus Syengo, TaRL Africa’s Executive Director, represented the organisation at the UN General Assembly in September, adding a powerful voice to the discourse on education innovation. In the same month, in the UK, key members of TaRL Africa’s senior management team, including Technical Advisor Devyani Pershad, Director of Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation (MLE) Daniele Ressler, and Deputy Director of MLE Chavi Jain, attended UKFIET and the annual RISE Conference. At UKFIET, Chavi presented on developing
scalable and sustainable interventions

Members of TaRL Africa’s Senior Management Team attend the RISE Conference in the UK. 
Credit: TaRL Africa

At several events, TaRL Africa’s country managers and MLE team members presented papers and shared their on-the-ground experiences with TaRL interventions. For instance, at the International Conference on Education Research for Development in Africa (ICERDA), TaRL Africa’s Country Director for Nigeria, Inyang Umoren, and Research and Learning Associate, Victor Olajide, presented a paper titled “TaRL: A Means to Improving Teacher Practice.” 

At the 2nd GPE KIX Continental Symposium, Anjali Shandiliya and Dennis Kyalo presented on the role of the TaRL student assessment data portal in strengthening evidence-based decision-making for government-led education programs in Côte d’Ivoire and Zambia. At the HundrED Innovation Summit, Inyang Umoren had the opportunity to share insights from Nigeria on cultivating champions and building government partnerships, reinforcing the importance of collaborative efforts in driving education innovation forward.


Adding to the list of impactful engagements, a TaRL Africa delegation attended the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) High-Level Policy Dialogue Forum on Foundational Learning. Members of the Senior Management team, Titus Syengo and Ashleigh Morrell, TaRL Africa’s Programs and Partnerships Director attended the event with Amos Dembele, Côte d’Ivoire’s Country Director; and Hafsatu Hamza, Senior Programmes Coordinator in Nigeria. Read more about the team’s experiences here. 

This year, TaRL Africa was immersed in dynamic discussions, exploring a plethora of intriguing ideas and strategies at global forums. These engagements offered us a valuable opportunity to actively contribute to the exchange of insights and learnings in the realm of education innovation on a global scale. As we bid farewell to 2023, we look forward to sustaining our active involvement in conversations and knowledge-sharing events, further enriching the global discourse on innovative approaches to foundational literacy and numeracy in the new year.

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