With access to education having already been ensured for the majority in the country, education experts and researchers are now emphasising the scaling up of education quality through innovation, in order to serve future communities.
Keeping this in mind, Brac organised a three-day long programme titled the “Frugal Innovation Forum 2017” at the Brac Centre for Development Management in Savar, which began on Thursday.
With a view to creating a platform for leaders, education experts and development practitioners from the global south to connect and explore ways to scale up the quality of education, discussions were held in 17 sessions at the convention.
On the closing day of the programme, Brac Executive Director Dr Muhammad Musa said: “For education to be able to serve the future of our communities, we need to empower teachers, methodologies, practitioners and more importantly mindsets in order to solve real problems with simple, frugal solutions that include the underprivileged communities of the present world.”
Dr James Tooley, professor of education policy at the University of Newcastle, and Anir Chowdhury, policy advisor to the Access to Information (a2i) Programme at the Prime Minister’s Office, also spoke at the session titled the “Future of Education.”
Earlier, a special session on the education of refugee children, titled “The displaced demographic: Classrooms for every child,” was also held on the closing day. Save the Children Bangladesh Project Director Abdul Moktader, Learn Lab Manager at UNHCR Jacqueline Strecker, and UNICEF Bangladesh Early Childhood Development Specialist Mohammad Mohsin addressed the session.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman inaugurated the discussion sessions on Friday, which focused primarily on the potential of different kinds of innovations to enhance the quality education across the world.
Educationists and innovators from Bangladesh, Australia, India, Nepal and South Africa presented 11 innovative models of quality education at the convention. Over 200 development activists, social entrepreneurs, educationists and researchers participated in discussions on the innovative new systems.
The first day of the event was spent in the field, while the discussions of the second day also included focus on changing trends in education systems across the world.
Dr Safiqul Islam, director of Brac’s education programme, Ian Attfield, senior education advisor of the DFID Education Policy Team, and Fathima Dada, global managing director of English and Schools at Pearson, spoke at a session titled “Shifting sands in global education across the world.”
Another session from the second day styled “Public private partnership in education - Lessons learnt from the region” included Aashti Zaidi Hai, director of Global Schools Forum, and Lee Crawfurd, head of research and evaluation of Ark, among other speakers.
The Brac Social Innovation Lab has been organising the Frugal Innovation Forum since 2013. This year, Bangla daily the Prothom Alo was associate partner of the event while the Global Schools Forum acted as the knowledge partner.