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Nomination Criteria and Process

The Africa Education Medal is open to individuals driving transformation and demonstrating leadership and advocacy in the advancement of the continent’s education. Contenders can either be self-nominated or nominated by someone else. 

This page provides detail on the nomination process, eligibility, and timeline, and please read the Terms and Conditions of the contest.

 The Nomination Process

1. Review the eligibility and judging criteria to ensure that you or your nominee meet the requirements.

2. You can preview the questions in the form before submitting them. There's no draft and save later feature. You can prepare your questions in advance.

3. Submit a completed nomination form, including a brief description of the nominee's qualifications and a detailed explanation of their impact on education in Africa. Please adhere to word limits where requested. If you are nominating someone else, please make sure you have their permission to share their contact details on the form. We will be in contact with them to receive their consent in being a candidate.

4. The deadline for nominations is April 13th, 2023, 23.59 GMT.


The Africa Education Medal is open to the following individuals working to improve pre-kindergarten, K-12, vocational, and university education:

  •    Educators and school administrators
  •    Civil society leaders
  •    Public servants and government officials
  •    Political leaders
  •    Technologists and innovators

Nominees will be assessed on:

  • Impact: Nominees must demonstrate concrete improvements made in education, such as increased student reach or measurable improvements in education outcomes, through innovative solutions and overcoming adversity.
  • Leadership: Nominees must show they inspire and lead others towards their vision for change in education, setting a positive example and encouraging action.
  • Advocacy: Nominees must provide evidence of their advocacy efforts, such as media appearances, public talks, or leading a movement, to raise awareness and bring attention to their ideas for improving education.
And nominees must demonstrate their contribution in at least one of the following key areas:

  • Significantly improving learning outcomes
  • Promoting girls’ education
  • Promoting equity and broadening access to education
  • Advancing pedagogical or technological innovation
  • Building and strengthening educator capacity
  • Catalysing civic participation in education
  • Championing the rights of education stakeholders

For further information, please refer to the  Frequently Asked Questions

Nominations timeline


Nominations open

February 11th

April 13th

Nominations close at 23.59 pm GMT

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