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Dr. Kasirye is continent’s best in education researcher

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Added 8th May 2013 08:02 PM

The African Development Bank’s institute has named Dr. Ibrahim Kasirye as the best emerging education researcher for the year 2011/2012.

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The African Development Bank’s institute has named Dr. Ibrahim Kasirye as the best emerging education researcher for the year 2011/2012.

By Esther Namirimu

The African Development Bank’s institute has named Dr. Ibrahim Kasirye as the best emerging education researcher for the year 2011/2012.

Dr. Kasirye, who is a senior researcher at the Economic Policy Research Centre at Makerere University, “spear headed a wide range of education research, such as examining the schooling of orphans in Uganda as well as the impact evaluation of education interventions in Universal Primary Education schools.”

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa and the African Development Institute (ADI/AfDB) in collaboration with the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation inaugurated the education research in Africa Awards in 2012 to encourage and support Africa-based researchers and their institutions to produce and disseminate rigorous and relevant research.

The awards were designed to promote excellence in educational research in African universities, research institutes and networks and also among Africans in institutions in other parts of the world. The awards seek to reward and foster outstanding accomplishments in educational research in Africa.

Only individuals who are under the age of 40 are eligible for the Emerging Education Researcher Award. The selection was through a rigorous two-stage evaluation process of hundreds of candidates.

Kasirye will receive his award in France’s capital city Paris, on May 14, 2013. The award includes a certificate, cash and a study trip to the University of Seoul, South Korea.

During the ceremony, Kasirye will join researchers from other African countries who are working to impact global education challenges.

“I am grateful to be recognised by the ADB for my hard work in the education field. This is testament to the recognition of importance of empirical research on the African continent. When we started writing this paper with my co-author Dr. Eria Hasli, we were responding to the rising number of orphans leaving school as a result of parental death from HIV/AIDS,” said Kasirye.

Dr. Kasirye is continent’s best in education researcher

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