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"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"
Sustainable Development Goal 4
The Learning Generation, Lighting the Way Inside the School Resilience Agenda
"The Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity commissioned this background paper to inform discussion on how it might contribute to the school resilience agenda. In particular, Commissioners sought insights into how governments, donors, multilaterals and others might work together to ensure investment in this area is increasingly shaped by considerations of value for money in its broadest sense, as well as the political imperatives that have tended to define decision making in the past. This paper identifies seven options for discussion, and action by the Commission on some or all of these has the potential to transform levels of investment in disaster risk reduction in the world’s education systems. This in turn would be a significant contribution to realising the stretching aims of Agenda 2030, and in particular Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4)."
We prepared this paper for the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity as a background paper for the report, The Learning Generation: Investing in education for a changing world.
In 2014, we supported the Elementary & Secondary Education Department in Peshawar to produce a new sector plan for 2016-20. This focuses on 10 fundamental policy priorities to build the foundations for transforming the availability and quality of free education in the province by 2030. Core actions include conducting a survey of school age children in the province to account for significant demographic change since the 1998 federal census. This will enable the Department to model its resource requirements much more accurately in future.
Our Managing Director has been serving as an adviser to the Minister for Education and Higher Education in Beirut since October 2016. Working with the Director General, she is helping shape delivery of the Ministry's Reaching All Children with Education strategy, which combines the national response to the Syria Crisis with longer run sector development. Forthcoming work includes summarising and prioritising policy priorities for delivering SDG4 as part of Lebanon's commitment to the 2030 Agenda.
In 2015, we advised the Government of Nigeria on how to shape its Safe Schools Initiative, launched in 2014 after the Chibok kidnappings. Recommendations included taking steps to balance humanitarian interventions to support rising numbers of IDPs, with longer run resilience focused approaches, as well as focusing donor investment through a multi donor trust fund to promote government led programming. SSI focuses increasingly on disaster risk reduction education, helping keep children in school with the additional benefit of spreading important resilience messages to the wider community.
In 2015, we provided technical analysis on a mid-term review of Rwanda’s Education Sector Strategic Plan, which feeds into the country’s Economic Development & Poverty Reduction Strategy. We focused on the reasons for high repetition rates in early primary grades, and the consequences of multi-age classes, and poor completion and transition rates to secondary education. Key among our recommendations were investment in early childhood education, English language training for teachers, and on supporting children with mild disabilities to improve access and promotion rates.
In 2016, we designed a new pilot project to build the capacity of education administrators in parts of Syria to deliver well planned and targeted services to schools, students and teachers. The Taallum Initiative supports officials through a close simulation of standard government planning cycles to identify and prioritise needs and programme against an agreed budget ceiling. Using webinar technology blended with field based technical assistance, the aim is to help institutions graduate from humanitarian relief work, to planning for the sector in a more long term way.