FRUGAL INNOVATION FORUM

The fifth year of the forum will explore educational innovations in the global south and connect non-profit innovators, social entrepreneurs and emerging leaders to catalyse lasting change with limited resources.

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Theme: Scaling Quality Education
Date: November 9-11, 2017
Location: BRAC CDM, Savar, Dhaka

Registration Fee:
International: USD 200
National: BDT 6,000

The fee is highly subsidised and covers food, accommodation, field visit and access to all sessions

Deadline: October 26, 2017

This year, the forum is focusing on financial, social, pedagogical and technological innovations in education under the following themes:

•    Quality education: Setting up the horizon
•    Co-creation: Collaborating for scale
•    The future: What’s next in education

The global south has an innate predisposition to what we call a jugaad, or ‘frugal innovation’ approach. A unique type of creation has always existed that lends itself to scale and adaption, and large-scale change. The idea for the forum was to create a platform to amplify what is already happening across the region, by bringing innovators together to learn, share and scale up low-cost models.

BRAC is the #1 ranked non-government development organisation in the world, and widely known as a leader in scaling up low-cost innovations to reach millions of people.

This year, one of the frugal innovation models showcased during the forum will be BRAC’s education programme, the largest secular private education system in the world. Born in Bangladesh and now operating in eight countries across Asia and Africa, it has allowed a whole generation – 12 million children – to grow up with opportunities they would never have otherwise had.

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•    By practitioners for practitioners
•    Field exposure and hands-on learning with an emphasis on co-creation
•    Hosted by the world’s #1 ranked non-government development organisation

Agenda

Scaling Quality Education

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Inauguration

Inauguration: Advocate Mostafizur Rahman, MP, Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, People's Republic of Bangladesh

Welcome message by Mr. Asif Saleh, Senior Director Strategy, Communication and Empowerment, BRAC and BRAC International

How has the journey been from ‘access to quality’?

This session will be an in depth conversation on the various perceptions in defining, perceiving, planning and implementing quality education for all. We will focus on the lessons learned to understand if quality is possible, when access is still a challenge.

Moderator

  • Asif Saleh, Senior Director, Strategy, Communications and Empowerment, BRAC and BRAC International

Speakers:

  • Dr Safiqul Islam, Director, Education Programme, BRAC
  • Ian Attfield, Senior Education Adviser, DFID Education Policy Team
  • Fathima Dada, Global Managing Director: English and Schools, Pearson

The tech-over: rewiring the education system

Is technology and quality synonymous?
This session will highlight tech-based models that have worked in diverse contexts. The presentations will provide an understanding of these models and their potential for large-scale adaptation.

Moderator

  • Dr Mohamed Foysol Chowdhury, Director of Innovations, BRAC

Speakers

  • Henry Warren, Education Technology Lead, Aga Khan Education Service
  • Aakash Sethi, Executive Director, Quality Education & Skills Training (QUEST) Alliance
  • Korvi Rakshand, Founder, JAAGO Foundation
  • Pranav Kothari, Vice President, Large Scale Assessments and Mindspark Centres, Educational Initiatives


Rethinking assessments: Approaches to measuring student progress

Can quality be defined by any set measurement?
This session will explore the successful models that have worked in different contexts, emphasising the lessons learned and challenges faced in scaling.

Speakers:

  • Ranajit Bhattacharyya, General Manager and Head of Communications, ASER Centre
  • Owen Henkel, Director, Pearson Affordable Learning Fund
  • Vyjayanthi Sankar, ‎ ‎Founder & Executive Director at Centre for Science of Student Learning
  • Michael Stark, Chief Officer, Educators International

Minding the skill gap: Linking education to employability

Is education generating sustainable income opportunities for those who need it the most?
This session will address how education can teach and instill the right skill sets that unleash potential.

Moderator

  • Shakil Ahmed, Associate Director of Alumni Impact, Teach for Bangladesh

Speakers:

  • Anjana Mangalagiri, Senior Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi
  • James Centenera, CEO and Cofounder, The Ultimate Learning Accelerator (TULA)
  • Ejaj Ahmed, President, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC)


Workshop: ECD and Play as we believe

Can toys be teachers?
This session will be an interactive workshop that will illustrate how play can inspire learning. Participants will engage in joyful learning models, exploring how spaces can be designed frugally.

Moderator:

  • Dr Fahmida Tofail, Scientist, ICDDR,B

Speakers:

  • Salimah Kassam, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation
  • Dr Erum Mariam, Director of BRAC Institute of Education and Development- BRAC University
  • Syeda Sazia Zaman, Senior Research Fellow, BIED
  • Dr Nishat Fatima Rahman, Assistant Professor, BIED
  • Syeda Fareha Shaheeda Islam, Senior Lecturer, BIED
  • Md. Jabadul Hoque, Deputy Manager, ECD, BIED
  • Md. Fuad Abdul Quaium, Architect, Managing and Founding Partner, GHORAMI.JON

Novelties for the new age?

This session will present promising innovations in education through inspiring stories of achievements in frugal education that can be scaled up.

Speakers:

  • Anustup Nayak, Vice-president, XSEED Education
  • Waliullah Bhuiyan, Founder and CEO, Light of Hope
  • Pavitra Gautam, Co-Founder and CEO, Karkhana
  • Marcus Veerman, Founder and CEO, Playground Ideas

Exploring pedagogy: The quality imperative

Is there one method to learning?
This session will examine successful models and opportunities for partnerships in Bangladesh to scale the best pedagogical innovations.

Moderator:

  • Dr Safiqul Islam, Director, Education Programme, BRAC

Speakers:

  • Fahmida Shabnam, Education Adviser, DFID Bangladesh
  • Dr Manzoor Ahmed, Professor Emeritus, BRAC Institute of Educational Development
  • Professor Salma Akhter, Honorary Professor, Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka


Administrators and academics: Lessons from the roots

The private school perspective?
This session will engage private school operators in an interactive conversation about the challenges, scopes of partnership and lessons learned.

Moderator:

  • Maimuna Ahmed, Founder and CEO, Teach For Bangladesh

Speakers:

  • Madiha Murshed, Managing Director, Scholastica Limited
  • Faisal Kader Country Manager and CEO, Aga Khan Education Service, Bangladesh
  • Sabrina Shaheed, Principal, Sir John Wilson School

Are hybrid partnerships the way forward?

This session will be a policy level discussion. It will provide insight on partnerships between the private and public sector of education and how they can make quality affordable and scalable.

Moderator

  • Aashti Zaidi Hai, Director, Global Schools Forum

Speakers:

  • Lee Crawfurd, Head of Research and Evaluation, Ark Education Partnerships Group
  • Md. Afzal Hossain Sarwar, Policy Specialist, Educational Innovation, a2i
  • Shweta Anand Arora, Director, The Education Alliance

9:00AM – 10:00 AM
Plenary: Of funding and financing: The impact of investment

Banking on your buck: which investment will create the best opportunities?

This session will be a discussion on how quality can be affordable through innovative financing.

Moderator

  • KAM Morshed, Director, Advocacy, Technology and Partnership, BRAC

Speakers:

  • Natalia Gavrilita, Investment Partner, Global Innovation Fund
  • Sally-Anne Vincent, Deputy Head of Mission, Australian High Commission
  • Rasheda K. Chowdhury, Executive Director, Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE)

Student led debate: "This house would not go to school”

A stakeholder’s stance?
This session will be a debate between students from various institutions. They will discuss their thoughts and experiences on the education that is shaping them.

Moderator:

  • Tanjilut Tasnuba, Senior Manager, BRAC Education Programme

Government:

  • Irhum Shafkat, Rajuk Uttara Model College
  • Syed Anhar Morshed Joana, Shaheed Bir Uttam Lt. Anwar Girls’ College
  • Samin Rahman, Manarat Dhaka International College

Opposition:

  • Lamia Nur Rahman, European Standard School
  • Syeda Tahiyat Ahmed, Shaheed Bir Utam Lt. Anwar Girls’ College
  • Elham Ali, Manarat Dhaka International College


Practitioner’s debate: Governments should prioritise skills over higher education

Knowledge or knowing it all?
This session will be a debate between practitioners on how much of the focus should be on practical skills or education.

Moderator:

  • Dr Syed Saad Andaleeb, Vice Chancellor, BRAC University

Speakers:

  • James Centenera, Co-founder and CEO, The Ultimate Learning Accelerator, Philippines
  • Dr Abdul Hannan Chowdhury, Vice Chancellor, Primeasia University
  • Farzana Kashfi, Head of Programme, BRAC Skills Development Programme

The displaced demographic: Classrooms for every child

The certainty of education in uncertain conditions?
This session will discuss how education must go beyond lessons and cater to the unique needs of communities that have been displaced.

Moderator:

  • Annette D'Oyly, Innovation Adviser, DFID

Speakers:

  • Jacqueline Strecker, Learn Lab Manager, UNHCR
  • Abdul Moktader, Project Director, Save the Children Bangladesh
  • Mohammad Mohsin, ECD Specialist, UNICEF Bangladesh


Decentralisation and devolution of education: Promising practices on school management from South Asian region

Education for everyone?
This session will be a discussion on how education can be decentralise in order to provide quality at every stage and level. It will also highlight the best practices and lessons learned from the region.

Moderator:

  • Dr Manzoor Ahmed, Professor Emeritus, BRAC Institute of Educational Development


Speakers:

  • Dr Urvashi Sahni, Founder and Chief Executive, Study Hall Educational Foundation
  • Ekta Sodha, CEO,f Sodha Schools, Vice President of National Independent Schools Alliance

Beyond the ordinary: 4 innovative models in education

Novelties for the new age?
This session will present promising innovations in education through inspiring stories of achievements in frugal education that can be scaled up.

Speakers:

  • Arvind Gupta, toy inventor and popularizer of science
  • Shams Jaber, Founder, The Tech Academy
  • Stacey Brewer, Co-founder and CEO, SPARK Schools
  • Shankar Maruwada, Co-Founder and CEO, EkStep Foundation


Workshop: Connecting classrooms with communities

What makes education meaningful?
This session will be an interactive workshop for educator, entrepreneurs and practitioners inspiring and enabling them to collaborate with social experts.

Speakers:

  • Sarah Harkin, TedEd Innovative Educator, Social Innovation Coordinator, ISD
  • Rakhi Sarkar, Country Director, Room to Read

The way forward?

This session will discuss the future prospects of education, establishing the priorities for the world of tomorrow, challenges ahead and education for betterment.

Moderator

  • Dr Muhammad Musa, Executive Director, BRAC

Speakers:

  • Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG, Founder and Chairperson, BRAC
  • Dr James Tooley, Professor of Education Policy, University of Newcastle
  • Anir Chowdhury, Policy Adviser, Access to Information Programme, Prime Minister’s Office

Asif Saleh, Senior Director, Strategy, Communications and Empowerment, BRAC and BRAC International

Speakers

Advocate Mostafizur Rahman, MP

Hon'ble Minister, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, People's Republic of Bangladesh

    Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

    Founder and Chairperson, BRAC

      James Tooley

      Professor of Education Policy, University of Newcastle

        Fathima Dada

         ‎Global Managing Director: English and Schools at Pearson

          Dr Muhammad Musa

          Executive Director, BRAC

            Rasheda K. Choudhury

            Executive Director, Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE)

              Ian Attfield

              Education Adviser, DFID, Tanzania

                Anjana Mangalagiri, PhD

                Senior Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi

                  Asif Saleh

                  Senior Director, Strategy, Communication and Empowerment, BRAC and BRAC International

                    Aashti Zaidi Hai

                    Director, Global Schools Forum

                      Dr. Safiqul Islam

                      Director, BRAC Education Programme

                        Stacey Brewer

                        Co-founder and CEO, SPARK Schools

                          Henry Warren

                          Education Technology Lead, Aga Khan Education Service

                            Arvind Gupta

                            Toy inventor and scientist

                              Pranav Kothari

                              Vice President, Large Scale Education Programs, Educational Initiatives (EI)

                                Shankar Maruwada

                                CEO and Co-founder, EkStep

                                  Michael Stark

                                  Chief Officer, Educators International

                                    Dr Manzoor Ahmed

                                    Professor Emeritus, BRAC University

                                      James Centenera

                                      Co-founder and CEO, The Ultimate Learning Accelerator, Philippines

                                        KAM Morshed

                                        Director, Advocacy for Social Change, Information and Communication Technology, Partnership Strengthening Unit, BRAC

                                          Owen Henkel

                                          Director, Pearson Affordable Learning Fund

                                            Natalia Gavrilita

                                            Investment Partner, Global Innovation Fund

                                              Dr Syed Saad Andaleeb

                                              Vice Chancellor, BRAC University

                                                Ekta Sodha

                                                CEO of Sodha Schools, Vice President of National Independent Schools Alliance

                                                  Ejaj Ahmad

                                                  President, Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC)

                                                    Waliullah Bhuiyan

                                                    Founder and CEO, Light of Hope

                                                      Madiha Murshed

                                                      ‎Managing Director - ‎Scholastica Limited

                                                        Sarah Harkin

                                                        TedEd Innovative Educator, Social Innovation Coordinator, ISD

                                                          Shams Jaber

                                                          Founder, The Tech Academy

                                                            Dr. Erum Mariam

                                                            Director, BRAC Institute of Educational Development

                                                              Anustup Nayak

                                                              Vice-President, XSEED Education

                                                                Aakash Sethi

                                                                Executive Director, Quality Education & Skills Training (QUEST) Alliance

                                                                  Vyjayanthi Sankar

                                                                  ‎Founder & Executive Director at Centre for Science of Student Learning

                                                                    Rakhi Sarkar

                                                                    Country Director, Room to Read

                                                                      Maimuna Ahmad

                                                                      Founder and CEO, Teach for Bangladesh

                                                                        Pawan Kucita

                                                                        Chief of Education, UNICEF, Bangladesh

                                                                          Fahmida Shabnam

                                                                          Education Adviser, DFID, Bangladesh

                                                                            Korvi Rakshand

                                                                            Founder, Jaago Foundation

                                                                              Urvashi Sahni

                                                                              Founder and Chief Executive, Study Hall Educational Foundation

                                                                                Shweta Anand Arora

                                                                                Director, The Education Alliance

                                                                                  Dr Mohamed Foysol Chowdhury

                                                                                  Director Social Innovation Lab, BRAC

                                                                                    Ranajit Bhattacharyya

                                                                                    General Manager and Head of Communications, ASER Centre

                                                                                      Salimah Kassam

                                                                                      CEO, Aga Khan Foundation

                                                                                        Dr Fahmida Tofail

                                                                                        Scientist, ICDDR,B

                                                                                          Shakil Ahmed

                                                                                          Associate Director of Alumni Impact, Teach for Bangladesh

                                                                                            Syeda Sazia Zaman

                                                                                            Senior Research Fellow, BIED

                                                                                              Dr Nishat Fatima Rahman

                                                                                              Assistant Professor, BIED

                                                                                                Syeda Fareha Shaheeda Islam

                                                                                                Senior Lecturer, BIED

                                                                                                  Md. Jabadul Hoque

                                                                                                  Deputy Manager, ECD, BIED

                                                                                                    Md. Fuad Abdul Quaium

                                                                                                    Architect, Managing and Founding Partner, GHORAMI.JON

                                                                                                      Pavitra Gautam

                                                                                                      Co-Founder and CEO, Karkhana

                                                                                                        Marcus Veerman

                                                                                                        Founder and CEO, Playground Ideas

                                                                                                          Lee Crawfurd

                                                                                                          Head of Research and Evaluation, Ark Education Partnerships Group

                                                                                                            Faisal Kader

                                                                                                            Country Manager and CEO, Aga Khan Education Service, Bangladesh

                                                                                                              Sally-Anne Vincent

                                                                                                              Deputy Head of Mission, Australian High Commission

                                                                                                                Tanjilut Tasnuba

                                                                                                                Senior Manager, BRAC Education Programme

                                                                                                                  Dr Abdul Hannan Chowdhury

                                                                                                                  Vice Chancellor, Primeasia University

                                                                                                                    Farzana Kashfi

                                                                                                                    Head of Programme, BRAC Skills Development Programme

                                                                                                                      Jacqueline Strecker

                                                                                                                      Learn Lab Manager, UNHCR

                                                                                                                        Mohammad Mohsin

                                                                                                                        ECD Specialist, UNICEF Bangladesh

                                                                                                                          Annette D’Oyly

                                                                                                                          Innovation Adviser, DFID

                                                                                                                            Anir Chowdhury

                                                                                                                            Policy Adviser, Access to Information (a2i) Programme, Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh

                                                                                                                              Professor Salma Akhter

                                                                                                                              Honorary Professor, Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka

                                                                                                                                Sabrina Shaheed

                                                                                                                                Principal, Sir John Wilson School

                                                                                                                                  Md. Afzal Hossain Sarwar

                                                                                                                                  Policy Specialist, Educational Innovation, a2i Programme, Prime Minister’s Office, Bangladesh

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