UK Minister sees impact of EIA programme for himself

Posted on 24 April 2017

Lord Bates observed lessons in two primary schools in Dhaka and saw how teachers were making their classrooms interactive through visual and audio materials provided by EIA to help their class learn English. He also met EIA teacher facilitators, specially selected and trained Government teachers who have been trained as facilitators and mentors for other teachers in nearby schools.

Throughout his visit, he was keen to know more about the impact EIA was having, asking students questions about what they were learning, and talking to teachers about how they were supported, what training they received and how they then apply their skills in the classroom and share knowledge with colleagues.

He was also very interested in the work that EIA has been doing in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh to ensure activities would continue once UK aid funding of the programme ends in March 2018.

Find out how English in Action is helping 25 million Bangladeshi’s improve their English as a route into work and out of poverty

Conference details - Voices of the next generation

Posted on 21 April 2017

Session formats

Attendees are invited to submit a proposal to contribute to a session linked to the conference themes.

You are strongly encouraged to deliver information in creative and innovative ways e.g. interactive games or activities, cock-up club (learning from mistakes), panel discussions, or in other formats.

Conference theme and sub-themes

The theme of the conference is Innovation in Education which covers four main sub-themes:

  • Government policy and system strengthening
  • TVET and skills
  • EdTech
  • Early childhood development

Conference cross-cutting themes

We encourage contributions to address cross-cutting themes on:

  • Inclusion
  • Gender
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Download the session proposal application form below

Innovation marketplace

You will also have the chance to showcase your work on any of the sub-themes and share your learning with other organisations at our innovation marketplace. If you would be interested in doing this please email

Girls' Education South Sudan

Posted on 12 April 2017

Barriers to success

South Sudan, a young nation where 51% of the 10M population live beneath the poverty line, faces huge practical challenges in rebuilding itself following decades of civil war and now new internal conflict. By giving an education to girls, communities gain a tool to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. Yet, the barriers to success are high in a country where only one girl in ten completes primary education, and girls comprise just a third of the secondary school population.

The primary aim of Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) is to transform the lives of a generation by improving teaching and learning in schools, and increasing access, retention and completion among primary and secondary schoolgirls. A key challenge has been changing perceptions about female education in patriarchal communities.

Girl-friendly learning

GESS is rooted in a communication campaign, which aims to bring changes in social and individual behaviour towards girls’ education, and a whole-school development approach. Working with schools and community-based organisations, our specialist team is helping to build partnerships with governments to create safe, girl-friendly learning environments in schools.

A key component of GESS is to encourage enrolment and retention of girls by providing cash transfers to girls in education. In addition, capitation grants to all not-for-profit schools help supplement running costs and improve learning environments to make them more attractive and student-oriented. So far, 120,000 girls have received direct payments, freeing them to stay in school by supporting their families, while over 3000 schools have received grants.

Rapid progress

The programme aims to benefit at least 150,000 girls in primary school and 50,000 girls in secondary school, and share the lessons nationwide. To date more than 240,000 girls and 300,000 boys have benefited from the programme’s broader package of support, a million other girls will be reached through communications to families, communities and leaders, while learning outcomes will improve and drop-out and repetition rates will decrease across South Sudan.

Progress has been rapid. On 7 July 2015, National Girl Education Day in South Sudan, the combined enrolment at primary and secondary schools broke the 1M barrier for the first time, of which 417,116 were girls.