Rao College, Senegal, 2013

The Schools Project is a space for contemplation, ideas, and sharing. The realities faced by teachers in the developing world are in stark contrast to the conditions of the rich world. The idea is to share the stories that are living these realities, to identify the organizations working on progressive educational programs, and to develop a few ideas of our own regarding educational quality in the developing world. 

The research issues section highlights some of the key recent reports on the topic of educational development,  as well as some of the most innovative organizations, such as JPAL, and their work in the developing world. It covers key areas of development, including information flows, educational incentives and change theory, and teacher attendance, highlighting the work of others, and adding original ideas and critique/commentary.  Also covered is the key area of girl's education and girl's empowerment programs worldwide. 

The platform is the space for all original ideas. These components: teacher attendance, locally produced materials, teacher training, student health and micro innovation, financial transparency, and attention to local realities, are the core components of educational progress for systems looking to move forward and improve learning outcomes. The point is to share these ideas, open source the knowledge and innovation to progress. 

The visits section highlights local realities for schools in the developing world, from Nepal to Mozambique to Sri Lanka to Kenya to Tanzania, providing voice and understanding through local site visits and conversations.

The innovations section is a space for highlighting some of the best organizations and their work in educational development, from Simple and Effective in India to Technology Platforms in Tanzania. 

The teachers section is a space dedicated solely to teachers and issues revolving around teachers. As it has been said, teachers are simply the most central and critical factor in improving educational quality. This space aims to specifically address the biggest issues facing teachers in the developing world, from multi-level,  large class sizes to limited resource instruction to different tried and test literacy approaches developed and tested over the years.  The realities facing teachers are difficult and often overlooked in the educational press; this section seeks to bring light to some of these critical issues and simple solutions that can be implemented by teachers in the developing world to confront them. Additionally, there are downloadable resources for teachers working in resource-scarce, large class sized environments.