​7th Annual Research Institute 

Theme: Early Childhood Education, Care and Development in the 21st Century

Annual Research Institute (ARI) conference is an annual conference held by the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development, East Africa (AKU-IED, EA).  In the light of its mission, the Aga Khan University, AKU-IED, EA organizes fora to bring together multiple stakeholders for sharing experiences, learning and creating collaborative partnerships.  

Through this 7th Annual Research Institute, AKU envisions to create a platform for sharing new knowledge, experiences and good practices to enhance practitioner knowledge which is contextually relevant and that challenge the status quo with the aim of influencing local, national, regional, and international outcomes, especially in the area of early childhood education, development and care. 

Focusing on the main theme of Early Childhood Education, Care and Development in the 21st Century, the conference invites deliberations on the following subthemes: 

  • Early childhood and social transformations

  • Making early childhood education count

  • Early childhood literacies

  • Early childhood care and well-being

  • Inclusion in early childhood

Conference participants will include

  • Academics and researchers 

  • Government and Non-Government organizations

  • Policy makers and curriculum developers

  • Educational practitioners  

  • Undergraduate and graduate students and research fellows 

  • Development partners

  • Educational stakeholders

Presentations: Academic papers [Online presentations accepted], workshops, posters, and panel discussions.

Important Dates 

  • Abstract submission deadline: 30th September, 2019

  • Notification of acceptance: 30th October, 2019

  • Registration opens: 15th October 2019​

  • ​Conference programme: 5th November, 2019

  • Annual Research Institute Conference: 4 - 6 December, 2019

  • Full paper submission: 15th February, 2020​

  • Final paper for publication: 30th March 2020​

​Registration Fee 

  • Non-East Africa nationals: USD 150​

  • East African nationals: USD 100

  • Tanzanian nationals: Tsh. 100,000

  • AKU, IED Alumni: Tsh. 50,000​

  • Students (student ID required): Tsh. 20,000​



Rosemary Stephen
Research Office
E: rosemary.stephen@aku.edu 
T:+255 758 997 797​