The Importance of Relevance

"A successful classroom literacy program must adapt to many variables, including the beliefs, skills and needs of teachers and students." -Interaction/EDC

Various educational programs over the years have been preaching the importance of local relevance for educational materials. I have highlighted the work of Save the Children and Pratham on this website, and another important program has recently come across my radar screen courtesy of the good folks at the Education Development Center. While a bit redundant in its message, the goal and vision are clear: materials must be relevant, and created with input at the local level, to have the chance of being successfully integrated into the learning process of nations. "Externally-imposed" materials can be ineffective at improving educational outcomes, and even damaging, to the learning process, as a lack of connection can alienate students and teachers from the educational process. While I question the need to continually reinvent the wheel with these programs (organizational-self-survival?) it nonetheless is focused in the right location. I look forward to analyzing this program in more depth in the coming days...