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CIDT long-term associate Patt Flett was recently in Kingston, Jamaica to deliver training as part of CIDT’s support to the Caribbean Development Bank’s Project Cycle Management training programme. The visit was particularly poignant for Patt as from 2000-2003 she lived in Jamaica as a long-term technical advisor to the Jamaica All Age Schools Project (JAASP).
CIDT managed this three year DFID-funded project working with 48 remote, rural ‘All-Age schools’, many perched on inaccessible mountain tops, and representing each of the six education regions of the island. The purpose of the project was to provide better education for children in poor rural communities and, through this, to contribute to improve their lifetime opportunities. Read more about JAASP outcomes at school, pupil, community and government levels.
Patt had these reflections:
“JAASP was one of the most rewarding projects I have ever worked on. Most rewarding for me was the opportunity to work alongside the education officers supporting the headteachers, teachers and local communities in their schools; to feel a close part of everything that was happening. It also gave me the chance to explore many remote and incredibly beautiful parts of Jamaica. As soon as I heard the CDB programme was to be delivered in Jamaica I said Me! Me! Please!
As well as having a thoroughly enjoyable time with the participants in the CDB PCM workshops, I also managed to catch up with old friends from the project. One is now a Deputy Chief Education Officer and another is a consultant supporting schools across Jamaica. Through them I heard of others we had worked with, mostly good news, some sad. Seeing the Blue Mountains reminded me of trips to Penlyne school at the end of a steep 4-wheel drive mountain track. I couldn’t be in Jamaica without driving through to Mandeville, where I’d been based. Going to church with a close friend on Sunday was a friendly homecoming. Little has changed in Mandeville, it was wonderful to return and feel instantly at home. I have so many good memories of my time in Jamaica, both related to the project and my own experiences; memories of the kindness and joy that can be found everywhere on this beautiful island.”
During her recent visit Patt facilitated modules in Project Design, Project Management, Risk Management and Train the Trainer for Government of Jamaica civil servants, mostly at the Director level. Other members of the CIDT training team delivering in Jamaica were Susan Branker Greene and Sergei Prozarau. Monitoring and Evaluation proved to be a particularly hot topic, with 32 participants attending and more being turned away due to the size of the venue. Participants attended from 15 Ministries and Government agencies with the highest representation from the Ministry of Finance and Public Service, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries; and the Cabinet office.
“I learnt a lot and it has given me a whole new perspective on why each step in doing a project is important.”
“This was a great learning opportunity. I found the content to be very useful and applicable to my current job.”
“The experience was good and discussions were rich. I also learnt from other participants as we shared on the various topics.”
“Learning experience was excellent. Great facilitator, great content, great delivery!”CDB module participants
Read more about the CDB PPAM and PCM training programme here:
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We are delighted to announce the successful conclusion of the DFID Zambia Education Sector Support Technical Assistance facility (ZESSTA) (2014-2018). CIDT have provided over 550 staff and associate days of technical assistance from Lilla Oliver, Patt Flett, Andrew Snowden and Rob Smith in the areas of Curriculum Reform, Human Resources Management and Research, Evaluation and Impact.
The Results Papers document offers some key information on how a demand-driven Support Technical Assistance project can focus on areas of key government need to push forward on key constraints in the topics of: Planning, Technical Assistance, strengthening M&E for accountability in an education ministry, bringing in a new approach to school leadership, developing a new assessment policy and implementing it and the introduction of teaching practice standards.
The document features all six results paper produced:
- Implementation of the revised curriculum;
- Using technical assistance to get things done in a busy organisation;
- Towards a learning and accountable ministry: Strengthening M&E capacity in the Ministry of General Education;
- Zambia adopts a new approach to strengthening school leadership;
- Improving learning for all: Developing assessment policy and changing practice;
- Developing teacher performance through national professional standards.
The Lesson Learning paper highlights several important achievements and lessons from the facility including:
- the introduction of teaching standards;
- the support a TA Facility can provide and conditions for it;
- the significance of how and where decisions are made in conjunction with the TA facility;
- the nature of human and financial resourcing;
- the time required for adopting new approaches.
Lastly there are lessons about how to develop a legacy for the project so that the results are embedded.
To bring ZESSTA to life in the words of key project partners, you can listen to the podcast outlining the context, journey and achievements of ZESSTA.
We wish all project participants and partners well in their future endeavours as this key support to Zambia budget support ends.
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CIDT is leading a new four-year study in Zimbabwe that will track 3780 students to explore the factors that influence school dropouts. The study is funded by UNICEF.
Over the next four years CIDT and a research team in Zimbabwe will track a cohort of boys and girls, to understand how they progress through primary and secondary school. In particular, this longitudinal research seeks to illuminate the factors that predict and account for successful transition and survival (or dropping out) in Zimbabwean schools.
The study will review the process of dropping out of school with the aim of pinpointing the best entry points for optimal impact of policy and programme interventions. We will seek to learn from the pathways pursued of those children that drop out of school, as well as the actions at different levels that can enhance participation in the education system.
We will use mixed methods approaches to investigate a range of factors operating at the level of the learner as well as interrogate the influences of the household, school, community and institutional dimensions on education outcomes in Zimbabwe.
In total the study is targeting a nationally representative sample of 3780 students drawn from a range of school types, geographical locations, and socio-economic backgrounds.
In this project the CIDT is collaborating with two national consultancy firms based in Zimbabwe: Muthengo Development Solutions and Development Data.
The project team consists of Mary Surridge (Team leader), Lilla Oliver (Education Specialist) and Canford Chiroro (Project Manager and Qualitative Research Specialist).
For further information please do not hesitate to contact Dr Canford Chiroro.
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A new workstream has been implemented in the CIDT supported Zambia Education Sector Support Technical Assistance (ZESSTA) Facility to improve human resources issues, such as teacher shortages, performance management and professional teaching standards.
The ‘Strengthening Human Resource Management’ stream of the ZESSTA Facility is designed to help rebalance Zambia’s teaching workforce, given current shortages in rural and remote areas and an overprovision of teachers in some urban schools. In addition, the initiatives being implemented will combat high levels of absence, poor behaviour and low motivation among teachers.
To achieve its key objective of improving performance management of teachers in schools, the team is working with a number of directorates in the Ministry of General Education (MoGE) to develop sets of national professional standards for teachers, teacher educators and headteachers.
These standards set out what is expected of these three groups and will support appointment and promotion processes, appraisal and staff development and the licensing and relicensing of teachers.
The team has worked closely with the MoGE Institutional Leadership and Management team to develop standards which will clarify the expectations of headteachers and help those headteachers performance manage their teaching teams.
Supported by the Director of Human Resources and Administration in the MoGE, ZESSTA is implementing pilot districts to audit the actual deployment of teachers in order to correct their pay and understand where under- and over-staffing exists.
CIDT’s Lilla Oliver, Core Adviser Curriculum (CA-C) at the ZESSTA Facility, commented on the potential impact of this work, “We’re excited about the impact that this initiative will have in Zambia, not only on teachers, but on the whole education system. If the country’s 90,000 teachers are better supported, this could have a significant positive effect on pupil learning and attainment.”
Find out more about our work in Zambia at the ZESSTA project page.
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CIDT is a member of the consortia – led by British Council – that supports the MoGE Zambia Education Sector Support Technical Assistance (ZESSTA) Facility.
The ZESSTA Facility is an initiative funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) that provides MoGE with access to technical assistance on a demand-driven basis and in line with its sector plans.
Planning a revised National Curriculum
Through its ZESSTA Facility, the Ministry has previously commissioned a study to generate and cost options to address the challenges faced in the roll-out of the revised National Curriculum. One of the options proposed and accepted was wide-scale in-service training to help teachers implement the revised curriculum.
Another of the options proposed was the design of a document that would provide teachers with easy-access guidance on the revised curriculum. This document, the Teachers’ Curriculum Implementation Guide (TCIG), will be used as core reference material during the in-service training of 98,000 teachers. All teachers in Zambia will receive a copy of the TCIG which will be valuable resource to guide them in the implementation of the revised curriculum.
Rolling out the new Curriculum
From 25–29 July 2016, in a workshop in Lusaka, 40 MoGE education professionals were trained as trainers of the revised national curriculum. ZESSTA supported MoGE to facilitate this training with technical assistance provided by CIDT and two national curriculum specialists.
These trainers will commence the training of Provincial trainers from 18 August 2016 who will in turn train teachers in their Provinces on the implementation of the revised national curriculum.
Training of trainers workshops
The following photos have been taken at teacher training workshops across the country.
Congratulations to Zambia’s MoGE!
The impact of the new National Curriculum will be phenomenal and the MoGE will have achieved a significant milestone in being able to train their 98,000 teachers through support and technical assistance provided by ZESSTA.
The CIDT teamStaff from CIDT who are working closely on the ZESSTA programme are:
- Mary Surridge, inception phase/planning
- Lilla Oliver, Core Adviser for Curriculum
- Patt Flett, Core Adviser for research, surveys and impact evaluation
- Andrew Snowden, HR Adviser
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CIDT is a member of the consortia – led by British Council – that supports the MoGE Zambia Education Sector Support Technical Assistance (ZESSTA) Facility. Recent developments have led to Zambia’s Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education (MESVTEE) being reorganized and separated into two Ministries: the Ministry of General Education (MoGE) and the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE).
CIDT staff visited Zambia for a two-week assignment at the end of October 2015 to support the Teacher Education and Specialized Services (TESS) in MoGE to produce a comprehensive costed plan for the National Train the Trainer programme to support curriculum roll-out.
The second focus of the engagement was to work collaboratively with the Director of Standards and Curriculum to produce a situation report on the current status of the costed options for curriculum implementation. It is encouraging to report that the first key activity to improve and enhance the implementation of the revised curriculum will be to design and develop a Teachers’ Curriculum Implementation Guide (TCIG).
The TCIG will be designed during a 10-day workshop from 16th November 2015 to 27th November 2015 and will be facilitated by an international curriculum specialist engaged by ZESSTA. Support and quality assurance will be provided by CIDT staff Lilla Oliver as the ZESSTA Core Adviser for Curriculum. In attendance will be 27 HQ MoGE staff from Early Childhood Education, CDC, Technical Vocational Education and Training & TESS as well as a representative from the Examinations Council Zambia (ECZ) and four practising / exemplary teachers from each type of school which is implementing the revised curriculum.
Watch this space for an update on the progress of this TCIG following CIDT’s next visit to Zambia in early December 2015.
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The DFID-funded Zambia Education Sector Support Technical Assistance (ZESSTA) Programme has now moved from inception to project implementation phase from 1st June 2015. The British Council is responsible for delivering this programme in partnership with Ecorys, the Forum for African Women Educationalists of Zambia (FAWEZA) and the Centre for International Development and Training (CIDT) University of Wolverhampton. This programme will support Zambia’s Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education (MESVTEE) to improve the country’s education sector.
The Technical Assistance component of the Education Sector Budget Support (SBS) Programme in Zambia (ZESSTA) is a 3 year, £4.6m contract which is part of a broader Sector Budget Support programme aiming to support the Government of Zambia to improve the effectiveness of its spend in Education. The Technical Assistance component is intended to accompany SBS service delivery grants to strengthen financial, HR, data and results management systems.
Staff from CIDT who are working closely on the ZESSTA programme are:
- Mrs. Mary Surridge who was engaged at the inception phase
- Ms Lilla Oliver as the Core Adviser for Curriculum
- Ms Patt Flett as the Core Adviser for research, surveys and impact evaluation.
As Core Adviser for Curriculum Lilla has recently undertaken two assignments during the inception phase of the ZESSTA programme which have supported MESVTEE in addressing the challenges they face in curriculum roll-out by producing three costed optional scenarios (high, medium and low) for the implementation of the revised national curriculum which are designed to:
- optimise learning outcomes and build on progress achieved thus far
- support the identification of appropriate resources through the national budgeting process
- provide evidence to inform the 2015 DFID Joint Annual Review (JAR)
The assignments were undertaken by Lilla with a team of national and international specialists who worked in collaboration with MESVTEE to enable the costed options to be presented at the Joint Annual DFID Review Meeting at the end of May 2015. The MESVTEE will now select the costed options which will address the challenges they face with curriculum implementation. Lilla will return to Zambia in July to support MESVTEE in developing their costed curriculum implementation action planning framework and Patt will make her fist visit in July as Core Adviser of research, surveys and impact evaluation.
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You can find out more about this project in our projects portfolio.
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CIDT Head of Centre Philip Dearden presented a paper on ‘International Development Initiatives: The benefits’ at the recent International Higher Education Forum 2015 organised by Universities UK which took place on 19th March 2015.
Now in its third year, the International Higher Education Forum provides insights into the latest developments, trends and opportunities for universities – all through its access to the some of the most experienced professionals in the sector, government and partner organisations, and to senior representatives from a wide range of countries of interest to UK higher education institutions.
The presentation focused on the wide-ranging benefits of international development initiatives, from income generation to international student recruitment and raising the profile of the institution, using case studies for CIDT’s work to demonstrate each area.
Click the image below to download the powerpoint presentation with notes (pdf, 3.5mb).