Winning Paper on Innovative Models in Education Presented at AAI’s Conference

September 10, 2014
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George Harris, CEO of Royal Bafokeng Institute Credit: Dominique Sindayiganza

The winning research paper on bold and innovative solutions to improving the quality of education in Africa was presented at AAI’s inaugural State of Education in Africa conference, held on September 9, at the Ford Foundation in New York City.

Education innovators submitted proposals for individual papers that aimed to go beyond the current thinking and models on education by offering innovative approaches and strong findings to support their position.

The winning paper was presented for 15-minutes by George Harris, CEO of  Royal Bafokeng Institute, followed by a Q&A. The paper presented was Literacy Challenges and Interventions to Uplift Education in the Royal Bafokeng Nation?”.  Harris’ paper offers insight into how the Royal Bafokeng Nation in South Africa founded an Institute of Education to improve education in the existing rural schools. The presentation highlighted the literacy challenges and interventions that have taken place in Grades 1 – 7.

To read the winning presentation, please click here.

A participant asks a question during the Q&A.

A participant asks a question during the Q&A.

Five papers on innovative approaches to education were selected for publishing on AAI’s website. In addition to Harris’ paper, the other featured papers are:

  •  “Social Accountability in Education Sector: Empowering Parents and Communities in Africa to Move Beyond Focus on ‘Access’ to Ensuring Everyday Quality Learning in the Classrooms”, submitted by Herine Otieno, Founder Trustee and Program Coordinator of Africa Math Science Technology Research and Education Foundation (AMSTREF).
  • “Pathways to Employment: Secondary Education, IT Skills and Employability”, submitted by Wambui Munge of Results for Development Institute (R4D).
  • “An Innovative Approach to Improving STEM Education Among Young African Women”, submitted by Kwadwo Sarapong, of The African Research Academies For Women (ARA-W).
  • “Can We Improve Educational Outcomes in Poor, Government-supported Primary and Secondary Schools in Kenya?: An approach that Works”, submitted by Wayne Silver, President of American Friends of Kenya.
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