Career talks: Crucial step in shaping the aspirations of youth in Uganda’s secondary schools
Thousands of Ugandan youth join secondary education every school year, most of them hoping to find meaningful work after school. There is, however, a glaring gap between these employment preferences and the reality of the world of work – a gap that sets young people up for particularly troublesome school-to-work…
Quality and Equity in Education: Lessons from the Data-Driven School Improvement Project
Emerging findings reveal a range of desirable and undesirable effects of scaling such an innovation across educational ecosystems within regions including Pakistan and Nepal. This blog discusses the findings from the project discussed via the perspective of the theme of the UKFIET conference held in Oxford, UK in 2023.
The Role of Community Partnerships in Reconstruction and Recovery in Somalia: Boosting education outcomes
Following decades of conflict and recurrent climate crises, Somalia’s Gross Enrolment Rate remains among the lowest globally at 31% (28% for girls) (EMIS Annual Statistical Yearbook 2022). Public service provision remains limited, with 44% of the students attending public or publicly-supported schools (ibid).
Navigating the post-colonial trip wires in developing a school for peace in Rwanda
Our aim in drafting and presenting our paper for the 2023 UKFIET conference, was part of an ongoing reflection process that we have been engaged in for many years. To frame this, we used two paradoxes: the first from Sabaratnum who says: Western liberalism is seen as a source of…
Disrupting Power Dynamics in Collaborative Educational Research: Dialogue-based Research on Family, School, and Community Engagement
This study is part of a larger transnational research collaborative that is developing a methodology for understanding families’, educators’, and students' beliefs and experiences in education, and strategies for how to create deeper partnerships. In this research collaboration, educators are leading research with schools in their communities.
Cost-effective education interventions for learning impact – what have we found and where are the gaps?
In May 2023, the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel (GEEAP) published its third report: 2023 Cost-Effective Approaches to Improve Global Learning, (often referred to as the ‘Smart Buys’ report), an update to its earlier 2020 ‘Smart Buys’ report.
Education Crisis in Myanmar: Reflections on the resilience and responses of ethnic education systems
Education in Myanmar is in crisis and will need a concerted effort by researchers, practitioners, donors, policymakers and partners to come together to find solutions. At the UKFIET conference, I felt very supported and replenished with new knowledge and got to know an expanded network of professionals to benefit MEC…
Preparing tactile geography learning aids for sustainable education
This blog explores the transformation of geography education for visually-impaired learners. Geography learning is about understanding differences, recognising similarities, and celebrating diversity in class or out of school. Geography is a discipline that needs to be observed, visualised, and perceived to interact through concrete experiences. The visually-impaired learners who are…
Holistic learning processes and outcomes Highlights from UKFIET 2023 conference sub-theme
While presentations had entry points across various levels of the socio-eco system – such as the system level, the school level and the community level, a key take-away is that holistic education needs simultaneous approaches across all levels. And a prominent theme was the importance of supportive and nurturing relationships…
Tackling Learning Poverty in Pakistan: A Tale of Transformation
Pakistan had 75% learning poverty even before the pandemic and other emergencies, implying a very high percentage of 10-year-old children who had difficulty reading and understanding a simple age-appropriate text.