E-discussion: Innovating for Girls' Education - WEEK ONE: Innovation in Education Infrastructure
WEEK ONE: Innovation in Education Infrastructure and Environment
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED - PARTICIPATE THROUGH 27TH SEPTEMBER!
A well-equipped learning environment and a quality educational infrastructure is essential for boys and girls alike to benefit from a stable and worthwhile learning experience. Access to resources and facilities, as well as a professional, safe, productive and academic environment, are essential to allow students to thrive. New infrastructure projects and learning initiatives can be innovative solutions to social as well as physical challenges that girls face both in and outside the classroom. In this e-discussion, the conversation will focus on how innovative solutions of this nature can help girls feel better equipped, more engaged and safer in accessing education and in their learning environments.
Use of technology and the internet can be an excellent example of innovation, but much simpler, more practical, less expensive and non-technical solutions which help make infrastructure, facilities and the delivery of education more responsive and sensitive to the needs of girls can be equally as original and are well worth sharing. These can include initiatives to improve girls’ access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects; the provision of lighting and electricity; new road and school building; access to teaching resources and learning materials, including books; private tutoring and alternative education programmes; and financial schemes to provide student access to resources.
In this e-discussion, we encourage you to share your stories of innovative solutions and best practice - especially examples that are scalable and can be replicated in different contexts - as well as your opinions and experiences. In addition to practical solutions which relate to the provision of resources and facilities, we are also keen to hear about ideas of and solutions in addressing social problems, through the creation of learning environments in which girls are comfortable, safe, accepted and are able to fulfill their potential. These can include, but not limited to, the safe transportation of girls to school; the availability of hygiene and sanitation facilities; safeguarding and whistle-blowing initiatives; and school inspections and accountability.
Can you share specific examples of programmes, projects or initiatives that use/used innovative, sustainable, effective and efficient solutions to common problems relating to educational resources, infrastructure or environment? Tell us about the location, background, stakeholders, purpose, nature of innovative solutions and results of the initiative (in not more than 300 words).
What positive impacts do you believe innovative solutions in the provision of education infrastructure and environments can have on girls - for example, increased retention rates and improved performance?
What role do you think girls have to play in shaping and developing innovative solutions, how can they be included in planning to ensure their needs are met and how can they take control of the direction of their own learning?
We look forward to your participation – please share your ideas, thoughts and stories not later than 27th September.
Thank you in advance for contributing to this e-discussion.
David Crone, Plan International, Member of the Youth Advocacy Group for the UN GEFI
Vanessa Beary, Founder, Entrepreneurial Lab