Innovative Secondary Education for Skills Enhancement (ISESE)

Innovative Secondary Education for Skills Enhancement (ISESE)

Results for Development Institute, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation

Job creation and income generation are vital for economic growth in developing countries. This in turn depends on the availability of an appropriately-educated and properly skilled workforce with knowledge, skills and competencies necessary for work in the globalized economy. However, both limited enrolment and poor quality of secondary education in developing countries mean that youth do not acquire the skills needed for employment and income generation. The movement towards knowledge-based industries makes the completion of at least quality, relevant secondary school particularly critical. Additionally, the expansion of primary education is increasing demand for secondary education in developing countries.

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Regional Partners
To leverage regional knowledge and expertise, R4D commissioned some research to strong regional institutions in Africa and Asia, who worked on the ground with other local partners.

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) was established in 1973, and is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal. CODESRIA conducts research on the social sciences and works to promote dialogue between researchers in Africa and those outside the continent.

On the ISESE project, CODESRIA is working to explore the skills needed for employability in sub-Saharan Africa. The research will consist of three sections: (i) skills for employability in Francophone Africa, with a particular focus on Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal, (ii) skills for employability in Anglophone Africa, with a particular focus on Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and (iii) a discussion of why there may be differences in skills between Francophone and Anglophone Africa.

Dalberg Global Development Advisors is a strategic consulting firm that works exclusively to raise living standards in developing countries and address global issues like climate change. The firm’s work helps governments, foundations, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, and Fortune 500 companies to make sustainable improvements in the lives of disadvantaged and underserved populations around the world. Founded in 2001, Dalberg now has a diverse global team with 11 offices around the world. They bring expertise gained in the private sector to bear on problems commonly dealt with in the public and non-profit spheres.

On the ISESE project, Dalberg is working to provide an overview of the skills needed in the informal economy in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and is specifically examining the skills needed by the informal economy to effectively contribute to growth. Dalberg will be conducting a deep dive study on Kenya, Senegal, India and Cambodia.

The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) is housed within the University of Ghana. It was established in 1962, and serves to provide research, data and analysis in the social sciences.

On the ISESE project, ISSER is working on two different research papers. The first paper examines the skills that are currently emphasized by secondary school curricula and educators in Sub-Saharan Africa. The second paper will provide an overview of the current state of secondary education as well as a summary of innovative models to deliver education and skills to secondary aged students. Both papers will cover both Francophone and Anglophone sub-regions, with a broad overview on: Benin, Burkina Faso, Senegal; and Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. A deep dive study will focus on Benin, Ghana and Kenya.

The National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) is based in New Delhi, India and its history goes back to 1962. NUEPA’s work focuses on capacity building and research in education, and its geographic focus extends across South Asia.

On the ISESE project, NUEPA is working on three different research papers. The first paper explores the skills needed for employability in South Asia, with a particular focus on Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. The second paper will examine the skills that are currently emphasized by secondary school curricula and educators in South and Southeast Asia, with a broad review of: India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan; Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam; and a deep dive study of India and Thailand. The third paper will provide an overview of the current state of secondary education in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, as well as a summary of innovative models to deliver education and skills to secondary school aged students, with a deep dive study focused on India.

The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), housed in Bangkok, Thailand, was established in 1984 as a non-profit public policy research institute. It conducts policy research and analysis related to long-term social and economic development in Thailand, with an extensive network of partner organizations abroad.

On the ISESE project, TDRI will be undertaking two different research papers. The first paper explores the skills needed for employability in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The second paper will provide an overview of the current state of secondary education in Southeast Asia, as well as a summary of innovative models to deliver education and skills to secondary school aged students, with a deep dive study on innovative models in Thailand.


Reference Group
To further strengthen our research, an expert reference group has been organized to provide an advisory role throughout the research process. The reference group will be convened three times to review and provide feedback on Phase I research and Phase II strategy for scaling up effective models of skills delivery.
Bob
Adamson
Bob Adamson is Professor of Curriculum Studies at Hong Kong Institute of Education. He publishes in the fields of English language teaching, teacher education, comparative education, curriculum studies and higher education. His books include China’s English; Curriculum, schooling and society (with Paul Morris); Comparative education research: Approaches and methods (co-edited with Mark Bray and Mark Mason – a work translated into six languages); Higher education in post-Mao China (co-edited with Michael Agelasto); and Changing the curriculum (co-edited with Tammy Kwan and Chan Ka Ki). He was part of the curriculum development team that produced the Junior English for China and Senior English for China
Shanti
Jagannathan
Shanti Jagannathan is Senior Education Specialist in the Regional and Sustainable Development Department of the Asian Development Bank, Manila. She leads a regional study on Education and Skills for Inclusive Growth and Green Jobs and is the Convenor of the ADB International Skills Forum in a 3-year series from 2011 to 2013. She is a member of the Editorial Board for the Springer book series ‘Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects and a member of the Inter Agency Working Group on Greening TVET and Skills Development, representing the ADB. In the education sector at ADB, she spearheads policy and strategy for improving the quality, cost-efficiency and labor market relevance of skills development in ADB's developing member countries in Asia and the Pacific region. Prior to joining the ADB, she worked with the European Union as Development Adviser on education and social sector reform programs in South Asia and on gender issues, democracy and human rights programs and poverty alleviation and livelihood projects.
Mmantsetsa
Marope
Dr. Mmantsetsa Marope is the Director of Division for Basic to Higher Education and Leaning at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Chicago, an MEd. from Pennsylvania State University, and a BA from the University of Botswana and Swaziland. Her 31 years of experience in education include 10 years at the World Bank; 11 years university professorship; extensive advisory and consultancy services to governments, donors, and bilateral and multilateral organizations; and school management and teaching. She has published widely on skills development, innovation and best practices in education, and education policy, planning and management, and is an award-winning Setswana novelist. Her current areas of focused attention are: Enhancing the contribution of education to accelerated and shared growth, competitiveness and inclusive development; promoting holistic, balanced and sustainable education sector development; and catalyzing progress toward Education for All goals.
Rose
Musau
Rose Musau is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Preferred Personnel Africa (PPA), a leading Human Resource firm in Nairobi, Kenya. Since founding Preferred Personnel seventeen years ago, she has noticed deterioration of the Kenyan education system and the quality of young graduates coming out of the universities in Nairobi, which has compelled her participation in the ISESE reference group. As PPA works with partners around Africa, her desire is to improve education systems in Kenya and throughout the continent, and to see graduates in Africa improve in quality and be able to compete with their counterparts from developed countries.
Katherine
Namuddu
Dr. Katherine Namuddu is an independent consultant working on higher education and social change and development issues. Until February 2010, Namuddu was Associate Director with the Rockefeller Foundation, where she managed the Foundation’s program on accelerating female participation in education and the Quality Education for Social Transformation in Africa program, and also co-managed grantmaking under the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa. Before joining Rockefeller, Namuddu consulted for the Aga Khan Foundation to introduce information and communication technologies in Kenya secondary schools, and has also worked with the World Bank and USAID to develop strategies to rehabilitate the education system in Uganda. Namuddu founded the Minds Across Africa School project in Uganda, which encourages school children and teachers to write for publication. Namuddu holds a doctorate in science education, an M.S. in biology, and an M.A. in science and early childhood education from Columbia University Teachers College, and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Makerere University College. She has taught at Makerere, Kenyatta and Nairobi universities.
Gopinathan
Saravanan
Professor S. Gopinathan is currently Professorial Fellow at the Curriculum, Teaching & Learning (CTL) Academic Group at the National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore. He has also served as the Dean of the School of Education and Dean of Initial Teacher Training. In 2003, he helped NIE to establish a Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice. He has served on various Ministry of Education review committees, was a Resource Specialist for the Government Parliamentary Committee on Education, a consultant for the Singapore Teachers Union, and a Board Member of the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board. His research interests span teacher education, higher education, values and citizenship education, and education development. He is founding editor of the Singapore Journal of Education, serves on the International Advisory Board of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and co-edits the Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education.

Announcements

The final ISESE Phase I background papers are now publicly available on the R4D website: http://resultsfordevelopment.org/knowledge-center/...
On July 25—26, 2012, the Results for Development Institute convened an expert meeting at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Bellagio,...
The ISESE Phase I regional and thematic background papers are now available for review! Please click "Read More" below to access the papers....
On April 2, 2012 the ISESE Reference Group held a teleconference meeting for the dual purpose of: (i) an official kickoff of the reference group and...
We are holding a competition to identify innovative models of skills delivery at the secondary school level. We are looking for promising innovations...
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Competitions

Judge's Panel

Bob Adamson
Professor of Curriculum Studies , Hong Kong Institute of Education
Rose Musau
Preferred Personnel Africa , Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Nicholas Burnett
Managing Director , Results for Development Institute
Associate Director , Rockefeller Foundation

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