In this blog series, we highlight emerging results from the GPE Knowledge and Innovation Exchange that demonstrate how demand-driven evidence can be generated and mobilized to support education systems strengthening in the Global South. This blog has been produced using notes taken during a KIX-hosted workshop at the Comparative and International Education Society Conference in April 2022, and short reflection pieces prepared by eight KIX applied research projects - explore them all here.
Scaling up education innovations that have worked has become one of the main solutions for addressing issues of access and quality in the Global South. But doing so is not as simple as applying the proven approach to a new context. To scale successfully, innovations must adapt to unique settings and user needs while considering what elements of the original design should be maintained.
There is limited knowledge about what adaptation involves at a practical level, especially in contexts where resources, capacities and evidence are limited and progress in education is slow. Adaptation can be seen as a ‘black box’ in educational research and practice, which needs to be opened so that we can better translate innovations into improved policies and practice at scale.
Many projects funded through the Global Partnership for Education’s Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) have been trying to open up this black box, including eight that participated in a recent workshop at the Comparative and International Education Society conference. Three main lessons emerged during the workshop: the need for an adaptation mindset, the key elements for adapting innovations, and the importance of early and inclusive participation by relevant stakeholders. Each of this is underpinned by specific methodologies and tools.
At first, I would like to congratulate the GPE for the quality and the relevance of this blog.
The necessity of innovation in education is not to be demonstrate. Many countries in West Africa, among them the Burkina Faso, are confronted to the Covid and the security deficit. This situation led to the shuttings of schools(More than 2500 in may 2022). In a such context, innovations is necessary if we want to achieve a quality education for all. And, for a successful innovations, the role of stakesholders is central. In Burkina Faso, Save the Children International implements many innovations involving stakesholders in the insecurity affected region of North, Sahel and East.
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