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Warchild led project: improve children’s learning through a focus on the quality of classroom teaching in South Sudan

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The Connect Teaching Project

  1. 1. Connect.TeachingMarc van den HombergEuro Africa ICTLisbon, 29th of November 2012
  2. 2. 2Education in South Sudan (1) Six years ago barely an educational system due to civil war >> education peace dividend is now expected 81% illiteracy, 26% primary school completion rate Over 500 primary schools (first to eight grade) constructed, still half of primary school children out of school
  3. 3. 3Education in South Sudan (2) Poor quality of teaching: 61% of teachers do not possess any professional training to be teachers Lack of trainers for the teachers Pupil-Teacher ratio = 52 Predominantly rote teaching Syllabus coverage not on schedule Infrastructure: A third of classes in open air Not enough books, paper and pens No or little electricity and internet connectivity
  4. 4. 4Connect.Teaching Goal: Improve children’s learning through a focus on the quality of classroom teaching Solution: Classroom support and coaching Learning-centred lessons for teachers using an off-line database of curriculum-linked educational resources
  5. 5. 5Solution proposed Classroom support and coaching Training by Cluster Education Centre in collaboration with Warchild, and aligned with Ministry of Education and General Instruction in Eastern Equatoria State Educational content Curriculum of South Sudan: English, Science and Maths Teacher Professional Development material Tablet Hardware: 7” and 7 hrs battery lifetime, Micro SD card Software: “a website disguised as an app” (Android OS, HTLM5 and Dolphin browser), Microsoft Sharepoint for online database
  6. 6. 6Low cost hardware
  7. 7. 7Content Management System (SCREEN 2A)
  8. 8. 8Stakeholders involved Schools, teachers and pupils! Government of the Republic of South Sudan: Ministry of Education Ministry of Education and General Instruction in Eastern Equatoria State Teacher trainers organisations: Cluster education centre NGO: Warchild (leading party) Technical partners, such as innovation partner, platform hosting company and programmers Content providers: National and International
  9. 9. 9“We have decided not to have a big consortium from the start, butinstead hire specific expertise on the way. Sometimes this meant therewas a delay, as it took time to find the right experts to do the job. On theother hand, the core team was quite small which made it easier to takedecisions. Opportunity driven though and financing all activities hasbeen a constant challenge, and still is.”
  10. 10. 10Early Implementation PilotJuly – Sept 2012: Training of teachers by Cluster Education Center Tablet: 22 tablets in 10 schools in Magwi and Torit, one solar panel per schoolResearch and evaluation: Classroom and school observation Participant experience Tablet usage
  11. 11. 11Research and evaluation (1/3)Classroom and school observation – Quantitative and qualitative dataTo monitor Children’s engagement in classroom learning increases (time-on-task) Teachers increase the number of different learning activities used, and broaden the type of learning activities used in the classroom
  12. 12. 12Research and evaluation (2/3) Participant Experience (Survey, interviews, focus groups) To monitor Children’s classroom experience improvement Teacher’s and supervisor’s capacity and commitment to providing quality education improves Teachers gain access to additional important information through the database
  13. 13. 13Research and evaluation (3/3)Tablet usage – Quantitative dataTo monitor Supervisors and teachers access teaching and learning and professional development material from the database to support their work with teachers
  14. 14. 14“For teachers to work with the tool, we need to do a fair amount oftraining, actually more than we had first planned for. The first pilotresults showed there is more work to do before the teachers will actuallyapply the teaching material in the classroom”
  15. 15. 15Preliminary findings and recommendations Supervision and training Usage of tablet is still limited Certification of teachers and Peer learning will be explored Hardware: Charging with solar panel takes 3-4 days, exploring other ways for charging, possibly more powerful panels Database content Streamlining the over 500 resources Mother tongue and teacher generated content will be explored Overall Work towards replicability: ensure adoption, technical scalability, sustainable business model. Continuous communication with Ministry of Education
  16. 16. 16Questions?Marc van den Homberg, leader ICT4D team, marc.vandenhomberg@tno.nlOn behalf of the projectteam:South Sudan:Laina Henderson, Program development manager, Juba,laina.henderson@warchild.nlBeden Chaplain, Field Officer, Torit, beden.chaplain@warchild.nThe Netherlands:James Lawrie, Education advisor, james.lawrie@warchild.nlJenny de Boer, ICT4D consultant, jenny.deboer@tno.nlHave a look at:
  17. 17. 17Back up slides
  18. 18. 18Contents Education in South Sudan Goal of the Connect.Teaching project Solution proposed Value network Pilot Monitoring and evaluation Results and challenges ahead
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  20. 20. 20Content Management System (SCREEN 2B)
  21. 21. 21Open Educational Resources
  22. 22. 22TECH-FLOW