The school bus project: mobile education for refugees

The objective of this case study is to support the development of innovative and inclusive educational spaces for Calais refugees that are responsive to their needs and capacities and to the changing dynamics of the camp. Using an action research approach, this innovation aims to convert a bus into a mobile school that not only houses classrooms,… Read more

Forming Alliances in Education, Disability, and Development (BAICE Thematic Forum)

On July 16, 2015, I was lucky enough to find myself in the midst of an enthusiastic group of approximately 40 academics, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) representatives, and activists who had gathered at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge for the fourth and final (for now!) BAICE Forum on Education, Disability, and Development,… Read more

A Quality Education for All: A History of the Lao PDR Inclusive Education Project

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) Inclusive Education (IE) Project is one of the longest running projects of its kind internationally. In May 2009, funding for the project came to an end, bringing to a close a 16 year long journey, during which many challenges had been faced and lessons learned. The aim of… Read more

Low fee private schooling in India – More questions than answers? Observations from the Young Lives longitudinal research in Andhra Pradesh

This paper seeks to draw attention to two important, but less researched, areas regarding low fee private school provision in India. Firstly, the paper evaluates the impact of fees on household debt burden and decision-making, and secondly highlights the dynamic interplay between the private and government sub-sectors and the potential consequences this may have for… Read more

Early Education for All: is there a role for the private sector?

The “private-for-profit” sector is a significant provider of global early childhood care and education (ECCE). This chapter explores how this trend contributes to policy goals, focusing especially on the risks that a growing private-for-profit sector may amplify inequities in access and quality. We review the government financing and regulation required to harness private sector providers… Read more

School Meals as a Safety Net: An Evaluation of the Midday Meal Scheme in India

Despite the popularity of school meals, little evidence exists on their effect on health outcomes. This study uses newly available longitudinal data from the state of Andhra Pradesh in India to estimate the impact of the introduction of a national midday meal program on anthropometric z-scores of primary school students, and investigates whether the program… Read more

Purna Kumar Shrestha discusses inclusive education

In this short interview Purna Kumar Shrestha, Global Education Lead, Voluntary Services Overseas International (VSO) talks about the VSO project in Ghana ‘Tackling Education Needs Inclusively (TENI)‘. TENI aims to improve the quality of education received by more than 50,000 children in northern Ghana.  The programme is specifically focused on girls and disabled children. TENI… Read more

Guy Le Fanu on inclusive learning

Guy Le Fanu is the education advisor for Sightsavers, an international development organisation working in the fields of health, education and social inclusion.  His work involves overseeing education projects for children with disabilities in sub-Saharan Africa, India, and South Asian. In this interview, Guy talks about the recently published HEART Inclusive Learning Topic Guide, for… Read more

Julia McGeown on inclusive education

Julia McGeown is the Inclusive Education Technical Advisor at Handicap International. In this interview, she talks about the recently published HEART Inclusive Learning Topic Guide. Julia’s work involves overseeing education projects in around 20 countries around the world. Working alongside Dr Susie Miles, Julia used her expertise to assist with the drafting of the Topic… Read more

Early educational foundations for the development of civic responsibility: An African experience

An innovative curriculum was introduced at a rural Zambian primary school, designed to foster the development of social responsibility among pre-adolescent children. The curriculum invoked Child-to-Child principles focusing on health education, advancing a synthesis of Western psychological theories and African cultural traditions. The teacher sought to democratise the educational process through cooperative learning in mixed-gender,… Read more

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