Innovation in Education – Cambridge Education
At Cambridge Education we are always looking for innovative ways to help our clients bring quality education to the poorest and most vulnerable children. In our programmes throughout Africa and Asia we are harnessing the power of technology to increase access to education. In South Sudan, an online database provides real-time information on girls’ school attendance which is linked to financial support for those girls. We use our expertise to seek out and nurture innovative practice and then provide the expertise and resources to bring those innovations to scale not always using technology. For example in Rwanda, we supported a project that trained parents to help their kids with early literacy and maths using activities in and around the house. 2015 was DFID’s year of innovation and learning. Here we present two UK aid funded programmes managed by Cambridge Education. Through ESSPIN, a major education programme in Nigeria we have introduced a number of pilots to reform basic education in Nigeria; Kayode Sanni the team leader explains why. The Islamiyya, Quranic and Tsangaya Education Project, called IQTE for short, targets marginalised street children in northern states with very little opportunity to receive formal education.
Cambridge Education works with northern state governments, traditional leaders, Quranic instructors and local community teachers to deliver an accelerated primary education curriculum to children in clustered learning centres. To date an estimated 27,000 children, 40% of them girls and nearly 1,000 Islamic schools have joined the programme. An average completion rate of 60% compares quite favourably with the public school sector. 97% of graduates from the first enrol cohort passed the official state transition exam into general secondary school. These very high transition rates validate the very important work that Cambridge Education is undertaking to reintegrate these marginalised children into the mainstream of society. In Bangladesh our team leader Sue Williamson explains how technology is improving the learning environment and empowering teachers and students. English in Action, funded by UK Aid, is an exciting innovative project that aims to promote economic growth through developing the English skills of over 25 million people. This is done through the use of mobile technology. Teachers are given SD cards which contain examples of good practices, these can be uploaded onto their mobile phones and then teachers can develop professionally by practicing those ideas in the classroom. Through this method English in Action has reached over 30,000 teachers, 90% of whom said it had an impact on the way that they teach. Just a few examples of some of the work that Cambridge Education is doing for one of its key clients; for the global goals to be achieved we expect there will be many more examples like these in the future.