The Collaboration for Research Excellence in Africa
CORE Africa
"Strengthening Research Capacity in Africa"


'Strengthening Researchapacitypy in Africa'

 

Research Awareness

Why is research important?

What difference does it make? 

Who can it help?

How can it change my community? 

How can it help Africa?

 

Many of the challenges faced in African countries today can be averted through research. Insufficient research has far-reaching effects, including slow progress in resolving common problems in Africa, like widespread diseases, poverty, under-development, unemployment and high death rates. Our research awareness programs are designed to educate the general public on the importance of research and how it can be useful for Africa. We target populations that rarely involve with research, to promote interest in research-related activities and findings.

Although not everyone in society may wish or be able to participate in research projects, it is important that all individuals know how to search for relevant information, and evaluate findings critically. This is especially important in healthcare. Medical research is useful for understanding the fundamental mechanisms that affect people's abilities to stay healthy or prevent ill health. It also informs the development of preventive and treatment strategies. Without robust and efficient research, there will continue to be a lack of efficient therapies for many illnesses, and health needs of the African population will remain unmet.

Raising Awareness Through Social Media

Social media provides an easy and efficient platform to reach a wide audience, both in and out of Africa. We use our social media channels as a medium to engage the African population and broadcast key messages on how research can be useful for Africa. Our presence on social media platforms brings us closer to the public, making it easy to interact, answer questions and generate interesting and educative discussions. Our online activities  offer opportunities for a positive use of social media and a productive use of time.

 

Encouraging young scholars to consider research-related careers


Africa's growing youth population is one of the major targets for our research awareness programs, which also aim to  promote interest in research-related career choices.

Youths are at the fore-front of innovation. Any society that seeks to experience innovation at maximum capacity needs to empower its youth

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CORE Africa addresses Open Dreams scholars, sharing experiences and impacts of its work, and encouraging young scholars to consider research-related careers. Click here to find out more

Research Club Initiative For Secondary Schools In Africa (RCISSA)

CORE Africa has identified the need to make education systems in Africa more research-oriented. Research is often introduced very late in the academic curriculum in African countries, mostly after secondary education. This implies that academics at secondary school level, including teachers and school administrators have little or no involvement in research. Research education and research-related activities need to be introduced at an earlier stage, to help develop a research- enhanced learning environment, and promote interest in research.

Secondary education is a key stage when background knowledge and skills required for future academic and professional work can be acquired. Through our RCISSA program, we work with secondary schools to create research clubs for students, where they can engage in fun and exciting programs that teach about research. The program also engages teachers in identifying challenges and opportunities for research-oriented learning in Africa. 

Engaging students and teachers in research activities is a step towards creating a positive research culture in Africa and building a lasting community of high potential students who are interested in and capable of undertaking quality health research in the future. 

 

Key findings from Stakeholder consultation on RCISSA

The overall response to the project was positive and encouraging. All stakeholders found the project to be a good initiative for their students.


 “We are excited about this project as it is a great initiative for our future leaders. I can't wait to start strategising with my school team on how to go forward” 

“It’s a great initiative and I think even non-science students can benefit because they will all need to know how to do research at the university” 


“I know a good number of my science teachers who will be very happy to participate in this project” 

“I’m really happy that teachers will also be participating because they’re the ones who will be

helping to steer students in the right direction”