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

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

Group 1: Savar
A group of participants will be visiting schools in Savar, understanding the existing classroom practices, speaking to students, teachers and school administration.

Group 2: Manikganj
A group of participants will be visiting schools in Manikganj, understanding the existing classroom practices, speaking to students, teachers and school administration.

9:00- 10:00am
Welcome Address

Asif Saleh, Senior Director, BRAC and BRAC International

Shifting Sand in Global Education Delivery Across the world
How has the journey been from “Access” to “Quality” in education? What does quality mean in the reality where access is still in question? What did we learn? What were the lessons unique to the global South? What are the changes that imply a renewed direction? How do we define, conceptualise, scale and deliver quality education?

1.1 Minding the skill gap: Linking education to employability
How useful are certificates in mining the right skills for the right jobs? How can we define the path for the students early? This session will have focus both on 21st century skills needed for next generation employers and the right kind of Vocational Education and Training practices that can ensure employability of the learners.

1.2 Approaches to Measuring Student Progress
For centuries there had been conversations on assessment. How can we include the paradigm of quality to it? What are the existing best practices for self-learning and assessment, peer assessment model, feedback and feed-forward approaches, summative and formative assessment? What about non examination centric assessment of students? How can we standardise them?

1.3 Decentralization and devolution of Education: Promising practices on School management from South Asian region
The ways of financing and delivery of education varies greatly throughout the world with levels of decentralization practiced. Many developing countries began to decentralize education in early 21st century and got positive response in transferring power to local level organisation and government. This session will present best cases of decentralization and devolution from the region and discuss on the policy implications for Bangladesh.

1.4 The quality imperative and the problem of pedagogy: Promising Practices
How can we deliver quality lessons in classroom? What are the best methods for teaching? How can we ensure the teachers learn and grow to excel in their roles? What are the practices that look promising?

1.5 Debate: Role of non-state sectors in Education in South Asia is irrelevant
In delivery of quality education, can the roles of state substituted by non-state actors? What are the overlapping areas, where are they redundant and where are they playing unique roles? The debate is expected to spark up the excitement for the right kind of collaborations.

1.6 Debate: Technology in Education is overhyped and it increases inequity
Technology is undoubtedly a tool for enhancing quality education. However, is quality entirely dependent on it? There is constant debate whether technology can really bring impact in learning outcomes Is it used as an excuse to ignore other ways of delivering quality? Does technology make quality affordable or exclusive? Are we forgetting the other important parts of the quality equation?

Innovations in education: Pitch
The session will have social entrepreneurs and non-profit innovators pitch their ideas, methods, delivery models and technology to the audience demonstrating their contribution to enhancing quality in education. Wrap up and reflection on the day

9:00 -10:15am
Recap from yesterday and Expectations from today and Plenary III

Public Private Partnership in Education - Lessons Learnt from the region
In delivering quality education, governments mostly offer scale with private sector offering good practices within small reach. Not much have been reflected on private sector in the context of Global South, despite its potential. This also has implications on the issues of accountability and management of private sector. This session identifies the regional best practices of collaborations and hybrid partnerships formed between governments, non-profits, for-profits, NGOs, universities, startups and tech firms to deliver quality at scale.

Student led debate (Bangla)

3.1 What we are learning has no relevance to real life
The debate led by students of BRAC schools will shed light on how meaningful education has been in providing real purpose in life. Students will share their own thoughts and arguments identifying where education has/hasn’t been of real use to them.

3.2 Governments should put more effort on skills building rather than Higher Education
When education fails to generate returns in one’s life, the opportunity cost of higher education increases. The dilemma of choosing education that may or may not generate income in future, conflicts with choosing a skill that will bring a difference immediately. The debate will bring out these coinciding points between skills and education in light of changing human lives.

3.3 Workshop: Innovative Financing: Results based delivery
Impact investment in education is still a new, yet a powerful concept in the context of global South. The workshop will demonstrate the best regional approaches to financing education, ensuring results based delivery, shedding light on the important indicators, models, risks, potential areas of investment and next steps.

3.4 Value for money: Bang for buck; What does research say?
When it comes to investment in education, there is no doubt that it yields returns. But do we have evidences demonstrating the success of generating value for money? How can we decide whether to stop, redesign or keep going? What are the existing practices?

3.5 Innovation in Education: 3 Education Innovation pitches
The session will have social entrepreneurs and non-profit innovators pitch their ideas, methods, delivery models and technology to the audience demonstrating their contribution to enhancing quality in education.

How does success look like? What are the challenges of the future? How should the world respond to them? What should be the new roles presumed by the multiple actors? Who is leading the existing reforms? This session will sketch the horizon to lay grounds for “Next-steps” discussions.

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, BRAC

Asif Saleh, BRAC

Speakers

Susannah Hares

International Director, Ark

    Vyjayanthi Sankar

    ‎Founder & Executive Director at Centre for Science of Student Learning

      Jenny Perlman Robinson

      Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution

        James Tooley

        Professor of Education Policy, University of Newcastle

          Rakhi Sarkar

          Country Director, Room to Read

            Maimuna Ahmad

            Founder and CEO, Teach for Bangladesh

              Fahmida Shabnam

              Education Advisor, DFID

                Urvashi Sahni

                Founder and Chief Executive, Study Hall Educational Foundation

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                  INSPIRATION

                  Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Cambridge University and co-author of Jugaad Innovation- described by The Economist as “the most comprehensive book yet on the subject” of frugal innovation
                  Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Cambridge University and co-author of Jugaad Innovation- described by The Economist as “the most comprehensive book yet on the subject” of frugal innovation

                  “In the short space of three years, the Frugal Innovation Forum has established itself as a major fixture in the world of development. Bringing together leading practitioners from the NGO, corporate and entrepreneurial sectors along with academics and policy makers, the forum has proven an excellent platform for debate and the sharing of best practice. More importantly, it has created a global network of people and organisations who are working tirelessly to make the world a better place by doing more (and better) with less in South Asia and beyond.”

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                  Location

                  • BCDM, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
                  • frugalinnovation@brac.net
                  • +880 2 9881265 (Ext- 3768)
                  • 8:30 - 17:00 (GMT+6)