DOT-COM Activity: Zambia - Improvement of Basic Education for More School Aged Children (Phase II)
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Short Description: This activity aims to build on and expand the previous Zambia IRI project activities by supporting the continuation and completion of educational radio programs up to and including Grade 9. The Quality Education Services through Technology project (QUESTT) is working with the Zambian Ministry of Educations Materials Planning Unit (PDP), Department of Distance Education (DODE) and community based partner organizations to improve access to basic education and other services for out of school children through communication technologies. The project also aims to enhance professional development for teachers using support technologies.
Phase/Type of Activity: Signed Award Status: Active
Start date: September 29, 2004 End Date: September 30, 2009
Person(s) to contact
Contact Michael Laflin , Vice President General Manager, EDC Washington , Education Development Center
Full Description: The Zambia QUESTT Project is a dot-EDU Leader with Associates Award that aims to improve the accessibility and quality of basic education delivery systems and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on Education for children in and out of government schools. To accomplish these objectives, EDC is leading several initiatives to support in- and pre-service teacher training through the integration of IRI in government schools and technology based interventions in zonal teacher resource centers. EDC is also continuing its work with the Zambian Ministry of Education to provide quality education to the most vulnerable children in Zambia through IRI programs for community mentors and learners in the upper grades incorporating life skills for orphans and others affected by HIV/AIDS. EDC is working in collaboration with community radio stations, churches and local NGOs to sensitize communities on issues of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
Update 1 (January-March 2005): Major accomplishments during this period include: 1) administration of Grade One baseline test; 2) Planning workshop for Lower Basic program; 3) Instructional design workshop for Middle and Upper Basic programs; 4) National training for provincial mentor training teams; 5) Technology questionnaire sent out to colleges of education and resource centers.
Update 2 (April-June 2005): Major accomplishments during this period include: 1) Training of 352 community mentors in 18 districts in the use of the Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI) programs by the provincial training teams; 2) Introduction of IRI pilot programs into 36 government schools in four provinces to measure the impact of broadcasts in understaffed and/or multigrade schools; 3) Technology survey conducted to review the technology available in the colleges of education and teacher resource centers; 4) Participation of Teacher Education Advisor and the Chief of Party in the review of the Primary Teachers Diploma by Distance Learning; 5) Development of logframe and indicator plan and community profile questionnaire by Monitoring & Evaluation staff and revision of enrolment form and center questionnaire.
Update 3 (July-September 2005): Major accomplishments during this period include: 1) IT training for PDP staff commenced; 2) Identification of 17 new partners, including local leadership, and strengthening of 8 existing partnerships under community outreach component; 3) Week long workshop held in July for EDC staff and MoE officials to review progress and update their annual workplans; 4) Sensitization meetings conducted by POCs with communities in their provinces; 5) Production workshop held for producers and technicians from community radio stations and development of teacher education video commenced; 6) Monitoring of 36 schools piloting Grade One in September.
Update 4 (October-December 2005): Major activities for this period include: 1) Completion of Grade One assessments in GRZ schools and community schools; 2) Compilation of Grade One GRZ test data and distribution of findings report; 3) Training of teachers and head teachers for Grade Two programs; 4) Completion of IT training for PDP staff; 5) Consultation with TED regarding cell phone support to Primary Teachers Diploma program; 6) Test development for grades 2,3 and 4; 7) Partners planning meeting under Learning Plus component; 8) Collection of center monitoring and community profile data; 9) Verification of enrollment data and completion and distribution of final report; 10) Completion and distribution of center monitoring report.
Core funding for the DOT-COM Alliance is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture & Trade, Office of Infrastructure and Engineering (EGAT/OI&E), Office of Education (EGAT/ED), and Office of Women in Development (EGAT/WID), under the terms of Award numbers: GDG-A-00-01-00009-00, dot-GOV; GDG-A-00-01-00014-00, dot-ORG; GDG-A-00-01-00011-00, dot-EDU.