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The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

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Monday, May 16
 

10:45

Digital Access for Schools at the Edge
Limited Capacity filling up

During 48 2nd grade lessons observed by Uwezo in three districts in Kenya, not a single child asked their teacher a question. Mainstream approaches to teaching and learning have changed very little in the past 50 years in Kenya. A lot of repetition, memorization, note taking, reading and assessments. There is very little space for Kenyan learners to express, let alone explore the things they might be curious about. Curiosity, questions and problem-solving are the spaces within which we see opportunity for real learning. Digital access for students means that the 4 walls of their classroom is not a limit a learner's access to knowledge. 

BRCK Education is thinking holistically about what this digital access looks like in schools. The Kio Kit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYXIF8ELdcQ) can turn any classroom into a digital classroom in minutes: it has 40 "ruggedized for Africa" tablets that are wirelessly charged in the box and a BRCK for connectivity and remote educational content syncing and caching. Our focus on user-centric design and hands-on approach to user experience has made the solution popular with students and teachers. We iterate the solution constantly so the time between the bell ringing and learning beginning is always being reduced. And once learning begins, we are seeing improvements in test scores, cognitive thinking, problem solving and social/environmental consciousness. This is largely attributed to the quality of local and international content curated for the students within our "Learn, Play, Grow" platform.

Speakers
avatar for Nivi Sharma

Nivi Sharma

President, BRCK Education
Nivi Sharma is the President of BRCK Education (education.brck.com) and a thought leader in Education Technology for emerging markets. As a social entrepreneur, technophile and community volunteer, she has dedicated her career to education and is passionate about digital access and... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 201

10:45

Touchable Earth: Sharing the Kids' Eye View of the World
Limited Capacity seats available


Touchable Earth is the first app where kids teach kids about the world.

Information is presented first hand in over 700 professional portrait photographs and videos of children aged 7-11, or 14-18, living in each place.

Kids learn important facts such as the geography, capital and the meaning of the flag and anthem. They also gain unique insight into the daily lives of kids across the world through following a school day, visiting families in their homes, and seeing the games they play for fun. Famous locations are visible in 360 degree panoramas.

The App won the United Nations AOC Award for innovation in teaching about culture (Vienna 2013) and was named top 25 finalist Education Apps by the United Nations Mobile WSIS (Abu Dhabi).

Content has been created with assistance of iEARN.org, the worlds largest non profit schools network operating in 140 countries. In November 2015 Touchable Earth partnered with UNESCO Dakar office to expand the program to High School aged children with a pilot chapter successfully created in Mali.

Touchable Earth develops a sense of purpose in young people to promote tolerance in their everyday lives.  Values of global citizenship, gender equality and peacebuilding are inherent in the content.  

The app itself is being fully developed and will be available free on iOS, Android and Web (ePub to follow).  Multilanguage translations are included as they become available as are English literacy tools. 



Speakers
avatar for Tudor Clee

Tudor Clee

Founder, Touchable Earth
Tudor Clee is the founder and producer of Touchable Earth - a multi award winning global education App. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and fashion designer. Tudor founded Touchable Earth to positively change the context in which children learned about... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 200

10:45

Using Technology for Program Quality and Accountability
Limited Capacity filling up

Monitoring program quality is critical to achieving positive change. Technology, especially in hard to reach environments, allows for data to be used in real-time to monitor implementation, quickly address quality issues and hold all parties accountable to agreed upon deliverables. The Adolescent Girls Initiative - Kenya, part of a longitudinal, randomized trial, works with adolescent girls 11-14 years old in two marginalized areas in Kenya: the Kibera slum in Nairobi and rural villages in Wajir County, on the border of Somalia. Program implementers use a suite of tech solutions to ensure access to real-time monitoring data, including: 1) use of the Open Data Kit app on android phones to collect attendance data on weekly girls group and community meetings, 2) biometric fingerprint readers linked to an app on an android phone to collect daily school attendance (which is used to calculate eligibility for a cash transfer conditioned on school attendance), and 3)using Salesforce, a cloud-based relational database to store all program data on each beneficiary. Panel presentations will include 1) an overview of the technology used and how it increases program quality and accountability, 2) insights into the challenges and modifications in an urban slum environment, and 3) insights into the challenges and modifications made in a remote, arid, rural area with little to no network coverage. The panel will be facilitated by the project director who will highlight how having integrated, accurate program data is critical for quality and accountability and how it will be integrated into the research study's data. Participants will gain exposure to user-friendly technologies that can be integrated easily into their own programs.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Karen Austrian

Dr. Karen Austrian

Associate, Population Council
Karen Austrian, PhD, MPH, leads Population Council projects designed to empower girls in east and southern Africa. She develops, implements, and evaluates programs that build girls’ protective assets, such as financial literacy, social safety nets and access to education. Dr. Austrian... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Kemboi Biwott

Samuel Kemboi Biwott

Monitoring Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator, Save the Children Kenya
Mr. Biwott is a practicing public health and health information specialist. Previously worked in public, private and international Non-Governmental Organization on various portfolios related to Public Health Bioinformatics. Holds Master of Public Health and currently pursuing 2nd... Read More →
EM

Eva Muluve

Program Officer 1, Population Council
Eva Muluve is a Program Officer 1 at the Population Council's Poverty Gender and Youth Program. She has 6 Years' experience in implementation and coordination of Public Health Research Programs, Programming of Electronic data collection tools, Monitoring and evaluation, data analysis... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Cub

11:30

Digital Access for Schools at the Edge
Limited Capacity filling up

During 48 2nd grade lessons observed by Uwezo in three districts in Kenya, not a single child asked their teacher a question. Mainstream approaches to teaching and learning have changed very little in the past 50 years in Kenya. A lot of repetition, memorization, note taking, reading and assessments. There is very little space for Kenyan learners to express, let alone explore the things they might be curious about. Curiosity, questions and problem-solving are the spaces within which we see opportunity for real learning. Digital access for students means that the 4 walls of their classroom is not a limit a learner's access to knowledge.

BRCK Education is thinking holistically about what this digital access looks like in schools. The Kio Kit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYXIF8ELdcQ) can turn any classroom into a digital classroom in minutes: it has 40 "ruggedized for Africa" tablets that are wirelessly charged in the box and a BRCK for connectivity and remote educational content syncing and caching. Our focus on user-centric design and hands-on approach to user experience has made the solution popular with students and teachers. We iterate the solution constantly so the time between the bell ringing and learning beginning is always being reduced. And once learning begins, we are seeing improvements in test scores, cognitive thinking, problem solving and social/environmental consciousness. This is largely attributed to the quality of local and international content curated for the students within our "Learn, Play, Grow" platform.

Speakers
avatar for Nivi Sharma

Nivi Sharma

President, BRCK Education
Nivi Sharma is the President of BRCK Education (education.brck.com) and a thought leader in Education Technology for emerging markets. As a social entrepreneur, technophile and community volunteer, she has dedicated her career to education and is passionate about digital access and... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 201

11:30

Touchable Earth: Sharing the Kids' Eye View of the World
Limited Capacity seats available


Touchable Earth is the first app where kids teach kids about the world.

Information is presented first hand in over 700 professional portrait photographs and videos of children aged 7-11, or 14-18, living in each place.

Kids learn important facts such as the geography, capital and the meaning of the flag and anthem. They also gain unique insight into the daily lives of kids across the world through following a school day, visiting families in their homes, and seeing the games they play for fun. Famous locations are visible in 360 degree panoramas.

The App won the United Nations AOC Award for innovation in teaching about culture (Vienna 2013) and was named top 25 finalist Education Apps by the United Nations Mobile WSIS (Abu Dhabi).

Content has been created with assistance of iEARN.org, the worlds largest non profit schools network operating in 140 countries. In November 2015 Touchable Earth partnered with UNESCO Dakar office to expand the program to High School aged children with a pilot chapter successfully created in Mali.

Touchable Earth develops a sense of purpose in young people to promote tolerance in their everyday lives.  Values of global citizenship, gender equality and peacebuilding are inherent in the content.  

The app itself is being fully developed and will be available free on iOS, Android and Web (ePub to follow).  Multilanguage translations are included as they become available as are English literacy tools. 

Speakers
avatar for Tudor Clee

Tudor Clee

Founder, Touchable Earth
Tudor Clee is the founder and producer of Touchable Earth - a multi award winning global education App. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and fashion designer. Tudor founded Touchable Earth to positively change the context in which children learned about... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 200

11:30

Using Technology for Program Quality and Accountability
Limited Capacity seats available

Monitoring program quality is critical to achieving positive change. Technology, especially in hard to reach environments, allows for data to be used in real-time to monitor implementation, quickly address quality issues and hold all parties accountable to agreed upon deliverables. The Adolescent Girls Initiative - Kenya, part of a longitudinal, randomized trial, works with adolescent girls 11-14 years old in two marginalized areas in Kenya: the Kibera slum in Nairobi and rural villages in Wajir County, on the border of Somalia. Program implementers use a suite of tech solutions to ensure access to real-time monitoring data, including: 1) use of the Open Data Kit app on android phones to collect attendance data on weekly girls group and community meetings, 2) biometric fingerprint readers linked to an app on an android phone to collect daily school attendance (which is used to calculate eligibility for a cash transfer conditioned on school attendance), and 3)using Salesforce, a cloud-based relational database to store all program data on each beneficiary. Panel presentations will include 1) an overview of the technology used and how it increases program quality and accountability, 2) insights into the challenges and modifications in an urban slum environment, and 3) insights into the challenges and modifications made in a remote, arid, rural area with little to no network coverage. The panel will be facilitated by the project director who will highlight how having integrated, accurate program data is critical for quality and accountability and how it will be integrated into the research study's data. Participants will gain exposure to user-friendly technologies that can be integrated easily into their own programs.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Karen Austrian

Dr. Karen Austrian

Associate, Population Council
Karen Austrian, PhD, MPH, leads Population Council projects designed to empower girls in east and southern Africa. She develops, implements, and evaluates programs that build girls’ protective assets, such as financial literacy, social safety nets and access to education. Dr. Austrian... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Kemboi Biwott

Samuel Kemboi Biwott

Monitoring Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator, Save the Children Kenya
Mr. Biwott is a practicing public health and health information specialist. Previously worked in public, private and international Non-Governmental Organization on various portfolios related to Public Health Bioinformatics. Holds Master of Public Health and currently pursuing 2nd... Read More →
EM

Eva Muluve

Program Officer 1, Population Council
Eva Muluve is a Program Officer 1 at the Population Council's Poverty Gender and Youth Program. She has 6 Years' experience in implementation and coordination of Public Health Research Programs, Programming of Electronic data collection tools, Monitoring and evaluation, data analysis... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Cub

12:15

Digital Access for Schools at the Edge
Limited Capacity seats available

During 48 2nd grade lessons observed by Uwezo in three districts in Kenya, not a single child asked their teacher a question. Mainstream approaches to teaching and learning have changed very little in the past 50 years in Kenya. A lot of repetition, memorization, note taking, reading and assessments. There is very little space for Kenyan learners to express, let alone explore the things they might be curious about. Curiosity, questions and problem-solving are the spaces within which we see opportunity for real learning. Digital access for students means that the 4 walls of their classroom is not a limit a learner's access to knowledge. 

BRCK Education is thinking holistically about what this digital access looks like in schools. The Kio Kit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYXIF8ELdcQ) can turn any classroom into a digital classroom in minutes: it has 40 "ruggedized for Africa" tablets that are wirelessly charged in the box and a BRCK for connectivity and remote educational content syncing and caching. Our focus on user-centric design and hands-on approach to user experience has made the solution popular with students and teachers. We iterate the solution constantly so the time between the bell ringing and learning beginning is always being reduced. And once learning begins, we are seeing improvements in test scores, cognitive thinking, problem solving and social/environmental consciousness. This is largely attributed to the quality of local and international content curated for the students within our "Learn, Play, Grow" platform.

Speakers
avatar for Nivi Sharma

Nivi Sharma

President, BRCK Education
Nivi Sharma is the President of BRCK Education (education.brck.com) and a thought leader in Education Technology for emerging markets. As a social entrepreneur, technophile and community volunteer, she has dedicated her career to education and is passionate about digital access and... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 201

12:15

Improving Accountability and Facilitating Citizen Engagement in Education in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Limited Capacity seats available

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is struggling to emerge from a long period of conflicts and instability, which had devastating effects on its economy, institutions, and human development sectors (education, health and social protection). Strong GDP growth of the past five years has not translated into improved human development outcomes. In 2014 the DRC shared the lowest ranks in Human Development Index with Niger. The DRC has one of the largest shares of children not attending schools or receiving poor quality education in the world. One of the identified reasons for poor performance of the education sector is poor governance of public education, including broken channels of communications and redress between parents and communities on the one hand, and educational administration on the other.

The team of VOTO Mobile and Moonshot Global is working with the World Bank Group and the Government of DRC to implement a mobile-based social accountability platform that will enable greater transparency of service delivery to the administrators of the public education at the national level and a means for the population and teachers to provide information to the administrators of the educational system at the national and provincial levels.

This presentation reports on progress of the pilot as well as on the design of an impact evaluation put in process alongside the pilot to measure the effectiveness of the mobile accountability platform.

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Roberts

Courtney Roberts

Principal and Owner, Moonshot Global LLC
Courtney, founder of Moonshot Global LLC, has 20 years' experience implementing projects in two-dozen countries worldwide for clients ranging from Arizona State University, to Google, to the World Bank Group. Courtney helps clients leverage technology, innovation, and partnerships... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 200

12:15

Using Technology for Program Quality and Accountability
Limited Capacity full

Monitoring program quality is critical to achieving positive change. Technology, especially in hard to reach environments, allows for data to be used in real-time to monitor implementation, quickly address quality issues and hold all parties accountable to agreed upon deliverables. The Adolescent Girls Initiative - Kenya, part of a longitudinal, randomized trial, works with adolescent girls 11-14 years old in two marginalized areas in Kenya: the Kibera slum in Nairobi and rural villages in Wajir County, on the border of Somalia. Program implementers use a suite of tech solutions to ensure access to real-time monitoring data, including: 1) use of the Open Data Kit app on android phones to collect attendance data on weekly girls group and community meetings, 2) biometric fingerprint readers linked to an app on an android phone to collect daily school attendance (which is used to calculate eligibility for a cash transfer conditioned on school attendance), and 3)using Salesforce, a cloud-based relational database to store all program data on each beneficiary. Panel presentations will include 1) an overview of the technology used and how it increases program quality and accountability, 2) insights into the challenges and modifications in an urban slum environment, and 3) insights into the challenges and modifications made in a remote, arid, rural area with little to no network coverage. The panel will be facilitated by the project director who will highlight how having integrated, accurate program data is critical for quality and accountability and how it will be integrated into the research study's data. Participants will gain exposure to user-friendly technologies that can be integrated easily into their own programs.

Moderators
avatar for Dr. Karen Austrian

Dr. Karen Austrian

Associate, Population Council
Karen Austrian, PhD, MPH, leads Population Council projects designed to empower girls in east and southern Africa. She develops, implements, and evaluates programs that build girls’ protective assets, such as financial literacy, social safety nets and access to education. Dr. Austrian... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Kemboi Biwott

Samuel Kemboi Biwott

Monitoring Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator, Save the Children Kenya
Mr. Biwott is a practicing public health and health information specialist. Previously worked in public, private and international Non-Governmental Organization on various portfolios related to Public Health Bioinformatics. Holds Master of Public Health and currently pursuing 2nd... Read More →
EM

Eva Muluve

Program Officer 1, Population Council
Eva Muluve is a Program Officer 1 at the Population Council's Poverty Gender and Youth Program. She has 6 Years' experience in implementation and coordination of Public Health Research Programs, Programming of Electronic data collection tools, Monitoring and evaluation, data analysis... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Cub

14:00

The NetHope Academy; An ICT Student Outplacement Service
Limited Capacity full

Few, if any, technology training institutions in the developing world provide active job placement services for graduates to find their first job as they pursue their career as IT professionals. The NetHope Academy is a comprehensive program designed to give computer science students hands-on experience, soft skills and practical on-line training towards IT industry certification to commence a career in Information Technology. Combining soft skills development such as customer service training, interview skills, CV writing, etc. with certification training and practical experience prepares the students for job search and networking skills to achieve permanent job placement. Student participation and progress is measure through an on-line Learning Management System.
Through the rigorous recruitment and screening process, the program offers organizations in the public and private sector (including NGOs) and excellent recruiting service. Through internship placements, these organizations gain extensive experience with prospective employees prior to making hiring decisions.
The comprehensive NetHope Academy program playbook & implementation guide takes the implementer through detailed steps from student participant screening and recruitment to final job placement and follow-up. Over 1,200 student have successfully completed this proven program in Haiti, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and elsewhere since 2011.
NetHope continues to seek partnerships with suitable ICT Educational Institutions to make the NetHope Academy available as a foundation for their student outplacement service and thereby offer differentiated services to their graduating students.
This talk will describe the program is as much detail as time allows and address questions from the audience on how it can be implemented anywhere.

Here is the link to acces and download the NetHope Academy Intern Program Playbook>>

Speakers
avatar for Fredrik Winsnes

Fredrik Winsnes

Director, Global Programs, NetHope
Fredrik Winsnes joined NetHope in 2011 and is currently responsible for the NetHope Solutions Center and the NetHope Leadership Institute . Through education and collaboration, the NetHope Solutions Center aims at assisting NetHope members and likeminded organizations to maximize... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 201

14:00

Think Like a Designer: Putting People Before the Product
Limited Capacity full

In the next decade, more than one billion children, the largest group in history, will make the transition from adolescence into adulthood. Without the relevant skills for decent employment, many will be unable to work their way out of poverty or contribute to their country's development.

In response, Plan has designed The Youth Employment Solutions (YES) Digital Ecosystem - a suite of innovative and integrated ICT4D solutions. Going beyond 'ICT for ICTs sake', Plan embraces core principles of tech innovation to achieve greater potential for scale and sustainability, reflected in the ecosystem's Build | Measure | Learn foundations.

BUILD: The YES!ePortal builds capacity with a 'One-Stop-eShop' of data, digital tools and crowd-sharing to help practitioners develop and execute high quality interventions

MEASURE: Adopting 'big data' principles, YES!me is an M&E system to track beneficiaries for up to five years, and measure impact at individual and aggregate levels

LEARN: The YES!Academy is a digital academy for education and skill development for youth, using Gamification, User Experience Design and Massive Open Online Course principles to enhance engagement

The ecosystem increases skill development for youth employment, provides digital tools for practitioners and gathers evidence to increase intervention efficacy. It also collects relevant market data, enhances job creation and cultivates a dynamic knowledge hub for the sector.

The ecosystem is the result of meticulous design and quality collaborations, including country teams, sector partners and large-scale donors such as Accenture Development Partners and the Asian Development Bank. It is currently being rolled out across Asia, and select countries in east Africa.

Speakers
avatar for Bowden Percival

Bowden Percival

Digital Development Asia Regional Manager, Plan International
Sitting at the junction of technology and development, Bo Percival is a self-proclaimed ‘giant nerd’. Bo has worked extensively in digital development internationally in Education, HIV, LGBT rights, Youth Development and WASH. Bo has a Ba. in economics and marketing and is currently... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 200

14:45

The NetHope Academy; An ICT Student Outplacement Service
Limited Capacity filling up

Few, if any, technology training institutions in the developing world provide active job placement services for graduates to find their first job as they pursue their career as IT professionals. The NetHope Academy is a comprehensive program designed to give computer science students hands-on experience, soft skills and practical on-line training towards IT industry certification to commence a career in Information Technology. Combining soft skills development such as customer service training, interview skills, CV writing, etc. with certification training and practical experience prepares the students for job search and networking skills to achieve permanent job placement. Student participation and progress is measure through an on-line Learning Management System.
Through the rigorous recruitment and screening process, the program offers organizations in the public and private sector (including NGOs) and excellent recruiting service. Through internship placements, these organizations gain extensive experience with prospective employees prior to making hiring decisions.
The comprehensive NetHope Academy program playbook & implementation guide takes the implementer through detailed steps from student participant screening and recruitment to final job placement and follow-up. Over 1,200 student have successfully completed this proven program in Haiti, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and elsewhere since 2011.
NetHope continues to seek partnerships with suitable ICT Educational Institutions to make the NetHope Academy available as a foundation for their student outplacement service and thereby offer differentiated services to their graduating students.
This talk will describe the program is as much detail as time allows and address questions from the audience on how it can be implemented anywhere.

Here is the link to acces and download the NetHope Academy Intern Program Playbook>>

Speakers
avatar for Fredrik Winsnes

Fredrik Winsnes

Director, Global Programs, NetHope
Fredrik Winsnes joined NetHope in 2011 and is currently responsible for the NetHope Solutions Center and the NetHope Leadership Institute . Through education and collaboration, the NetHope Solutions Center aims at assisting NetHope members and likeminded organizations to maximize... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 201

14:45

Think Like a Designer: Putting People Before the Product
Limited Capacity full

In the next decade, more than one billion children, the largest group in history, will make the transition from adolescence into adulthood. Without the relevant skills for decent employment, many will be unable to work their way out of poverty or contribute to their country's development.

In response, Plan has designed The Youth Employment Solutions (YES) Digital Ecosystem - a suite of innovative and integrated ICT4D solutions. Going beyond 'ICT for ICTs sake', Plan embraces core principles of tech innovation to achieve greater potential for scale and sustainability, reflected in the ecosystem's Build | Measure | Learn foundations.

BUILD: The YES!ePortal builds capacity with a 'One-Stop-eShop' of data, digital tools and crowd-sharing to help practitioners develop and execute high quality interventions

MEASURE: Adopting 'big data' principles, YES!me is an M&E system to track beneficiaries for up to five years, and measure impact at individual and aggregate levels

LEARN: The YES!Academy is a digital academy for education and skill development for youth, using Gamification, User Experience Design and Massive Open Online Course principles to enhance engagement

The ecosystem increases skill development for youth employment, provides digital tools for practitioners and gathers evidence to increase intervention efficacy. It also collects relevant market data, enhances job creation and cultivates a dynamic knowledge hub for the sector.

The ecosystem is the result of meticulous design and quality collaborations, including country teams, sector partners and large-scale donors such as Accenture Development Partners and the Asian Development Bank. It is currently being rolled out across Asia, and select countries in east Africa.

Speakers
avatar for Bowden Percival

Bowden Percival

Digital Development Asia Regional Manager, Plan International
Sitting at the junction of technology and development, Bo Percival is a self-proclaimed ‘giant nerd’. Bo has worked extensively in digital development internationally in Education, HIV, LGBT rights, Youth Development and WASH. Bo has a Ba. in economics and marketing and is currently... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 200

16:00

Easy Book Production with Bloom! A Demonstration
Limited Capacity seats available

Bloom is a new publishing software tool that has gained worldwide recognition for its flexibility and ease of use in the development of locally-generated reading materials. Developed by experts in SIL International, and the winner of a recent All Children Reading grant from USAID and World Vision, Bloom is a free program that is being used in a number of African and Asian countries to facilitate the development of reading materials in community languages. 

Bloom contains templates for the development of leveled and decodable books as well as natural text; Symphony language analysis software is integrated into the Bloom tool, to help the writer maintain desired levels of readability. Illustrations and photographs are easily included in the text as well. The Bloom library contains a number of books that have been developed as "shell" books and can be translated into the desired language.

This demonstration will provide its audience with an understanding of what Bloom can do and how to use it.

If you are attending the training session, kindly install Bloom in your computer beforehand.  The link to install Bloom is http://bloomlibrary.org/installers/BloomInstaller.3.3.4.exe

Bloom only works on a PC, and not a tablet.  Bloom runs on Windows 7 or later.  It does not work on Windows XP.  It does not run on Mac or Android.  Bloom also requires .Net Framework 4.5. This is a Microsoft product that comes with Windows 8 or 10.  If you have Windows 7, you may need to install .Net Framework on your computer.  It requires Art of Reading 3 and this can be downloaded from the Bloom Website.  The Version should be 3.5


Speakers
RO

Ruth Obunyali

Book Development Consultant, SIL Africa
Ruth Obunyali works with SIL Africa's Advocacy and Alliance-Building Department in the area of book development, specifically the development of easy-reading reading materials in local languages. In the last 3 years Ruth has done both consulting and research in materials development... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 16:00 - 16:45
Giraffe 200

16:00

Using Technology to Promote Education For All in Honduras
Limited Capacity seats available

Since 2012, CRS HN has implemented a USDA-supported Food For Education (FFE) project. The project's goal is to improve the literacy rate of 53,000 primary school children in the department of Intibuca. An obstacle to children receiving a quality education in Intibuca is the level of poverty, 40% of the population earn less than $1.25 per day, and high levels of illiteracy, 21.5% of adults over the age of 15 are illiterate.
CRS HN identified the lack of reliable data about the beneficiary population, including schools, teachers, parents, and students, as a challenge. In response, CRS HN used iFormbuilder to design data collection forms and trained 46 field promotors to use iPads and iPods to use these forms to collect field data from 509 communities. CRS HN used Zoho to generate reports from the collected data to identify service delivery trends across target populations.
This presentation will focus on the use of technology to capture data and make decisions. Key activities include: career development for teachers, incentive delivery and changes in child attendance, and teacher attendance trends. The presentation will transition to a discussion of next steps: Training communities to use technology to self-monitor, strengthening the Secretary of Education's technology-based platforms and systems for training teachers, identifying student populations not attending primary school, and looking for partnerships with private business to identify other potential ICT solutions.

Speakers
OC

Olga Canelas

MEAL Coordinator, CRS
Ms. Canelas has B. Sc. in Graphic Design. Her career with CRS includes experience in the development and implementation of MEAL system designs for education projects. She is currently serving as the FFE MEAL Project Coordinator and coordinates with two project partners, providing... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 16:00 - 16:45
Giraffe 201

16:45

Easy Book Production with Bloom! A Demonstration
Limited Capacity seats available

Bloom is a new publishing software tool that has gained worldwide recognition for its flexibility and ease of use in the development of locally-generated reading materials. Developed by experts in SIL International, and the winner of a recent All Children Reading grant from USAID and World Vision, Bloom is a free program that is being used in a number of African and Asian countries to facilitate the development of reading materials in community languages. 

Bloom contains templates for the development of leveled and decodable books as well as natural text; Symphony language analysis software is integrated into the Bloom tool, to help the writer maintain desired levels of readability. Illustrations and photographs are easily included in the text as well. The Bloom library contains a number of books that have been developed as "shell" books and can be translated into the desired language.

This demonstration will provide its audience with an understanding of what Bloom can do and how to use it.

If you are attending the training session, kindly install Bloom in your computer beforehand. The link to install Bloom is http://bloomlibrary.org/installers/BloomInstaller.3.3.4.exe

Bloom only works on a PC, and not a tablet.  Bloom runs on Windows 7 or later.  It does not work on Windows XP.  It does not run on Mac or Android.  Bloom also requires .Net Framework 4.5.  This is a Microsoft product that comes with Windows 8 or 10.  If you have windows 7, you may need to install .Net Framework in your computer.  It also requires Art of Reading which can be downloaded from the Bloom Website.  The version should be 3.5.

 


Speakers
RO

Ruth Obunyali

Book Development Consultant, SIL Africa
Ruth Obunyali works with SIL Africa's Advocacy and Alliance-Building Department in the area of book development, specifically the development of easy-reading reading materials in local languages. In the last 3 years Ruth has done both consulting and research in materials development... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 16:45 - 17:30
Giraffe 200

16:45

Using Technology to Promote Education For All in Honduras
Limited Capacity seats available

Since 2012, CRS HN has implemented a USDA-supported Food For Education (FFE) project. The project's goal is to improve the literacy rate of 53,000 primary school children in the department of Intibuca. An obstacle to children receiving a quality education in Intibuca is the level of poverty, 40% of the population earn less than $1.25 per day, and high levels of illiteracy, 21.5% of adults over the age of 15 are illiterate.
CRS HN identified the lack of reliable data about the beneficiary population, including schools, teachers, parents, and students, as a challenge. In response, CRS HN used iFormbuilder to design data collection forms and trained 46 field promotors to use iPads and iPods to use these forms to collect field data from 509 communities. CRS HN used Zoho to generate reports from the collected data to identify service delivery trends across target populations.
This presentation will focus on the use of technology to capture data and make decisions. Key activities include: career development for teachers, incentive delivery and changes in child attendance, and teacher attendance trends. The presentation will transition to a discussion of next steps: Training communities to use technology to self-monitor, strengthening the Secretary of Education's technology-based platforms and systems for training teachers, identifying student populations not attending primary school, and looking for partnerships with private business to identify other potential ICT solutions.

Speakers
OC

Olga Canelas

MEAL Coordinator, CRS
Ms. Canelas has B. Sc. in Graphic Design. Her career with CRS includes experience in the development and implementation of MEAL system designs for education projects. She is currently serving as the FFE MEAL Project Coordinator and coordinates with two project partners, providing... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 16:45 - 17:30
Giraffe 201
 
Tuesday, May 17
 

10:45

mBoost - Mobile Messaging to Drive Literacy
Limited Capacity filling up

mBoost, or mobile Boost, has been developed to test how we can use mobile technology to engage more with community members participating in Literacy Boost interventions. Using content from the Literacy Boost Reading Awareness Sessions for parents and the literacy flipbook, simple messages have been developed that can be sent via sms or audio to parents on ways they can engage with children on developing literacy skills. mBoost is being used to supplement face to face parenting awareness sessions, as an additional way to communicate with and remind parents to engage with their children. This session will share insights gained from our experiences in Bangladesh and other countries.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Williams

Andy Williams

Global CIO, Save the Children International
I can be reached in future at andy.p.williams28@gmail.com. I am happy to speak about the CIO role as a transformation leadership position in the sector, how NetHope is trying to help drive a higher level of digital ambition and thematic delivery and the importance of thinking... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 260

10:45

Attitudes and Motivations for Women Using Technology & Entering Technology Careers in Kenya
Limited Capacity seats available

According to the last census in Kenya (National Housing and Population Census, 2009), women constitute slightly over half (50.3%) of the entire Kenyan population. This implies a near equal split between men and women. This near equal split does not however reflect in the uptake of opportunities between the two genders as would have been expected. Equally, women are noticeably under-represented in decision and policymaking concerning technological and socioeconomic development.
Debate on gender equity in education currently revolves around females in mathematics and science domains. Much of the debate about school science and mathematics, therefore, has focused around math and science performance between girls and boys. National exam results have consistently indicated that males perform better than girls in mathematics and sciences at secondary school. As a result, women struggle to enter many of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields that have traditionally been dominated by men. In part, these gaps reflect pre-college choices made by men and women, but also to a large extent underpin gender disparities in various academic indicators linked to STEM, including educational outcomes and university enrollment.
The purpose of this study was to understand the factors influencing women's access and participation in science-related programmes in Kenya. In particular, the study carried out an investigation into the influence of self-efficacy, outcome expectations and social-contextual experiences during the pre-college education. STEM education provides platforms for socio-economic development, thus, inclusion of women leads to improved prospects for development as a whole.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Owigar

Judith Owigar

Operations Director, Akirachix Association
Judith Owigar is an entrepreneur who uses technology as a tool to empower youth and young women. She believes that exposure, education and use of technology can increase the quality of life and as such change the world. Judith is a co-founder and the Operations Director of Akirachix... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 261

11:30

mBoost - Mobile Messaging to Drive Literacy
Limited Capacity seats available

mBoost, or mobile Boost, has been developed to test how we can use mobile technology to engage more with community members participating in Literacy Boost interventions. Using content from the Literacy Boost Reading Awareness Sessions for parents and the literacy flipbook, simple messages have been developed that can be sent via sms or audio to parents on ways they can engage with children on developing literacy skills. mBoost is being used to supplement face to face parenting awareness sessions, as an additional way to communicate with and remind parents to engage with their children. This session will share insights gained from our experiences in Bangladesh and other countries.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Williams

Andy Williams

Global CIO, Save the Children International
I can be reached in future at andy.p.williams28@gmail.com. I am happy to speak about the CIO role as a transformation leadership position in the sector, how NetHope is trying to help drive a higher level of digital ambition and thematic delivery and the importance of thinking... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 260

11:30

Attitudes and Motivations for Women Using Technology & Entering Technology Careers in Kenya
Limited Capacity seats available

According to the last census in Kenya (National Housing and Population Census, 2009), women constitute slightly over half (50.3%) of the entire Kenyan population. This implies a near equal split between men and women. This near equal split does not however reflect in the uptake of opportunities between the two genders as would have been expected. Equally, women are noticeably under-represented in decision and policymaking concerning technological and socioeconomic development.
Debate on gender equity in education currently revolves around females in mathematics and science domains. Much of the debate about school science and mathematics, therefore, has focused around math and science performance between girls and boys. National exam results have consistently indicated that males perform better than girls in mathematics and sciences at secondary school. As a result, women struggle to enter many of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields that have traditionally been dominated by men. In part, these gaps reflect pre-college choices made by men and women, but also to a large extent underpin gender disparities in various academic indicators linked to STEM, including educational outcomes and university enrollment.
The purpose of this study was to understand the factors influencing women's access and participation in science-related programmes in Kenya. In particular, the study carried out an investigation into the influence of self-efficacy, outcome expectations and social-contextual experiences during the pre-college education. STEM education provides platforms for socio-economic development, thus, inclusion of women leads to improved prospects for development as a whole.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Owigar

Judith Owigar

Operations Director, Akirachix Association
Judith Owigar is an entrepreneur who uses technology as a tool to empower youth and young women. She believes that exposure, education and use of technology can increase the quality of life and as such change the world. Judith is a co-founder and the Operations Director of Akirachix... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 261

12:15

GoGirls-ICT
Limited Capacity seats available

At a time when South Sudan is at a precarious crossroads between falling back in the perpetual conflicts of its past and taking the decisive steps to build lasting peace, the country's people have stark, often bleak choices. With a lack of stable educational and professional training, most young people have failed to get good jobs and stable forms of living; this has especially affected the girl child who is usually looked at as a source of wealth by her family members; and with the increasing cost of living, the girl child is also traded at a high price as if she were also a commodity in the market.

The #GOGirls ICT initiative is aimed at tackling the challenges that affect the girl child especially in the science related fields (Computer science, IT and Engineering). In primary schools, secondary schools and Universities girls tend to shy away from active participation in classroom activities and their performances are very poor. The number of school dropouts and early marriages are also high. There are also very few professionals who are girls in the science fields since most of them look at sciences as very difficult and only meant for the boys.

As a potential key element in the empowerment of the girl child in the field of science, we introduce #GOGirls ICT a mentorship program which trains and mentors girls at the University of Juba in the field of IT and computer science in areas such as; hardware and software maintenance, software development, Tech writing and blogging and public speaking. This program acts as a platform for the girls to learn new technologies and share their experiences with other girls at primary and secondary school levels.

In this proposal we shall introduce the challenges faced by the girl child in South Sudan that is early and forced marriages; poor performance and participation in school activities and assignments.
We will also present the #GOGirls ICT initiative and discuss the possibilities of this initiative addressing the above challenges.

Take-away Messages
Open knowledge and education through ICTs may help to address the challenges faced by the girl child of South Sudan.
The use of mentorship programs like the GOGirls ICT initiative can be a crucial factor for strengthening the girl child's empowerment.
Chain based trainings can be a good form of grasping 'hard to understand'

Speakers
avatar for Yine Nyika

Yine Nyika

Assistant Lecture, Head, Department of Computer Science and Mentorship Director, Gogirls-ICT Initiative, University of Juba
Yine Yenki Nyika is a graduate of bachelors of science in computer science. She is a teaching assistant and the Head, Department of Computer Science at the College of Computer Science and Information Technology at the University of Juba. She is the Co-founder and Mentorship Director... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 260

12:15

Improving Accountability and Facilitating Citizen Engagement in Education in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Limited Capacity seats available

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is struggling to emerge from a long period of conflicts and instability, which had devastating effects on its economy, institutions, and human development sectors (education, health and social protection). Strong GDP growth of the past five years has not translated into improved human development outcomes. In 2014 the DRC shared the lowest ranks in Human Development Index with Niger. The DRC has one of the largest shares of children not attending schools or receiving poor quality education in the world. One of the identified reasons for poor performance of the education sector is poor governance of public education, including broken channels of communications and redress between parents and communities on the one hand, and educational administration on the other.

The team of VOTO Mobile and Moonshot Global is working with the World Bank Group and the Government of DRC to implement a mobile-based social accountability platform that will enable greater transparency of service delivery to the administrators of the public education at the national level and a means for the population and teachers to provide information to the administrators of the educational system at the national and provincial levels. 

This presentation reports on progress of the pilot as well as on the design of an impact evaluation put in process alongside the pilot to measure the effectiveness of the mobile accountability platform.

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Roberts

Courtney Roberts

Principal and Owner, Moonshot Global LLC
Courtney, founder of Moonshot Global LLC, has 20 years' experience implementing projects in two-dozen countries worldwide for clients ranging from Arizona State University, to Google, to the World Bank Group. Courtney helps clients leverage technology, innovation, and partnerships... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 261

14:00

ICT4D Turnaround
Limited Capacity full

We all agree that ICT can contribute to development of people, communities and countries. But let's also look at how we can develop better ICT, together.
Let's take the internet, the content that is being shared and interactions that take place. The enormous potential it (still) has: it can be a playground for people from all over the world. To play, learn, experiment, develop and earn an income.
But in the current status, it's not inclusive. Several reasons can be found, like the stereotypical image that is created of people and cultures. And because most content is created by and for a minority, western countries.
How can we make sure the internet becomes more inclusive to all people in the world, especially the younger generations?
If we want all youth to become active players in the online space, the space should be safe, inclusive and fun. And we need to build skills to make sure they become confident players.

The presentation highlights 3 important strategies for the creation of an inclusive playground with competent players:
- Creating more inclusive content.
- Advocating a multidimensional image of countries and cultures.
- Building the skills of youth to use digital tools, think creatively, to communicate and for lifelong learning.

Merel van der Woude, Creative Director at Butterfly Works, will expand on these strategies by giving examples from our projects and experience in over 20 countries for the past 15 years.
The presentation will illustrate how we combine co-creation with a human centered design approach, to design interactive communication solutions for social impact. Developing better ICT.

We will follow the presentation with an interactive work session to also put these methods into practice for the development of ICT4D projects.

Speakers
avatar for Merel van der Woude

Merel van der Woude

Creative Director, Butterfly Works
As Creative Director at Butterfly Works, Merel van der Woude leads co-creation processes all over the world, to design interactive communication solutions for social impact. Using a human centered design approach to create meaningful and innovative mobile service systems, interactive... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 261

14:00

Learning to Work with Real-Time Data
Limited Capacity filling up

iMlango is a pioneering eLearning programme in Kenya that supports 150,000 students, in 205 schools. iMlango delivers ICT to improve learning outcomes, using mobile technology to record student attendance and has implemented a sophisticated data system capturing over 35m data records a year.
This presentation will share our experiences in dealing with big data, exploring our approach to treating real-time information and identifying meaningful trends, and shifting to predictive analytics. We are particularly interested in using this data to help identify social and environmental factors that impact on school performance, and determining how these levers might operate.
The presentation will reference iMlango real data and analytics. It will showcase how big data and analytics can be used to improve the management, planning and evaluation of current, and future education programmes.
The specific question that this presentation will aim to address: Can data systems help improve education development decision-making in allocating finite resources?

Speakers
SB

Simon Bruce Kaniu

General Manager, sQuid Kenya
Simon Bruce Kaniu is the General Manager at sQuid Kenya Limited Nairobi, a subsidiary of sQuidcard Limited UK. He has over 16 Years progressive experience in the Financial and digital Industry. He Participated in the conceptualization of the iMlango project, and is the local project... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 260

14:45

ICT4D Turnaround
Limited Capacity full

We all agree that ICT can contribute to development of people, communities and countries. But let's also look at how we can develop better ICT, together.
Let's take the internet, the content that is being shared and interactions that take place. The enormous potential it (still) has: it can be a playground for people from all over the world. To play, learn, experiment, develop and earn an income.
But in the current status, it's not inclusive. Several reasons can be found, like the stereotypical image that is created of people and cultures. And because most content is created by and for a minority, western countries.
How can we make sure the internet becomes more inclusive to all people in the world, especially the younger generations?
If we want all youth to become active players in the online space, the space should be safe, inclusive and fun. And we need to build skills to make sure they become confident players.

The presentation highlights 3 important strategies for the creation of an inclusive playground with competent players:
- Creating more inclusive content.
- Advocating a multidimensional image of countries and cultures.
- Building the skills of youth to use digital tools, think creatively, to communicate and for lifelong learning.

Merel van der Woude, Creative Director at Butterfly Works, will expand on these strategies by giving examples from our projects and experience in over 20 countries for the past 15 years.
The presentation will illustrate how we combine co-creation with a human centered design approach, to design interactive communication solutions for social impact. Developing better ICT.

We will follow the presentation with an interactive work session to also put these methods into practice for the development of ICT4D projects.

Speakers
avatar for Merel van der Woude

Merel van der Woude

Creative Director, Butterfly Works
As Creative Director at Butterfly Works, Merel van der Woude leads co-creation processes all over the world, to design interactive communication solutions for social impact. Using a human centered design approach to create meaningful and innovative mobile service systems, interactive... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 261

14:45

Learning to Work with Real-Time Data
Limited Capacity seats available

iMlango is a pioneering eLearning programme in Kenya that supports 150,000 students, in 205 schools. iMlango delivers ICT to improve learning outcomes, using mobile technology to record student attendance and has implemented a sophisticated data system capturing over 35m data records a year.
This presentation will share our experiences in dealing with big data, exploring our approach to treating real-time information and identifying meaningful trends, and shifting to predictive analytics. We are particularly interested in using this data to help identify social and environmental factors that impact on school performance, and determining how these levers might operate.
The presentation will reference iMlango real data and analytics. It will showcase how big data and analytics can be used to improve the management, planning and evaluation of current, and future education programmes.
The specific question that this presentation will aim to address: Can data systems help improve education development decision-making in allocating finite resources?


Speakers
SB

Simon Bruce Kaniu

General Manager, sQuid Kenya
Simon Bruce Kaniu is the General Manager at sQuid Kenya Limited Nairobi, a subsidiary of sQuidcard Limited UK. He has over 16 Years progressive experience in the Financial and digital Industry. He Participated in the conceptualization of the iMlango project, and is the local project... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 260

16:00

Improving Diverse Data-Collection, Improving Education
Limited Capacity filling up

Through funding from the UK Department for International Development's (DFID) Girls Education Challenge (GEC), Theatre for a Change (TfaC) is implementing Tiphunzire! (Let's learn!), a set of intervention activities that aim to improve the access, retention and learning outcomes of marginalized girls in 225 primary schools throughout Malawi.
There are 315 teachers running the programme trained by TfaC and with a small staff base TfaC needs to collect field data from rural communities creatively and reliably. Technology provides the opportunity to do this in depth and in real time.
Based on an mHealth model, TfaC trains all project teachers in the collection of data and the use of the data collection platform Mobenzi. Participant teachers receive a project smart-phone which provides the designated reports, delivered immediately to the Mobenzi server, ready for analysis. In conjunction with a standardised monthly report, the project collects a wide range of data and attitudinal indicators. The monthly report alone has gathered over a million data points, and this real-time data on: attendances, project effectiveness and attitudinal change has changed the nature of the project dramatically. Enhanced by both quantitative and qualitative data being collected effortlessly side-by-side.
As a result, the feedback loops have tightened and the project is able to analyze patterns quickly to understand what strategies works and what needs more focus. The low staff resources and high yield technology has brought to the project cannot be underestimated and TfaC is committed to utilising this feature for improving the educational outcomes for the most marginalized throughout Malawi.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Hallam

Steven Hallam

Education MEL Manager, Theatre for a Change
Steven Hallam works as the MEL Manager for the Education Programme at Theatre for a Change. In the past he has worked on crime prevention programmes in London. In the past he was an English teacher in South Korea. He has a MSc Policy Economics and a BSc International Management. His... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:00 - 16:45
Giraffe 261

16:00

Xavier Project - Pioneering Education in Urban Refugee Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

Xavier Project has worked for over seven years on improving education opportunities for urban refugees in Kenya and Uganda. Many refugees see education as their primary means to access new opportunities, secure better livelihoods and generally improve their quality of life,. At the same time, contemporary technological advances have facilitated unprecedented accessibility and democratization of educational information, meaning that innovative educational methods are now more feasible to implement than ever. Our presentation will discuss Xavier Project's evolving educational and knowledge-sharing methods, based on lessons learned from our solidarity-focused approach to community collaboration.

The presentation begins with an outline of Xavier Project's community-led activities, and the way ICT has contributed to their implementation. These include our partnership with Eneza Education LTD to bring locally relevant learning to over 2000 refugees via basic mobile phone technology, our newsletter, written by refugees for refugees, and our life-long learning courses run in seven hubs across Nairobi and Kampala- including Computer Literacy, Finance, and a more advanced Refugee Studies course - all of which are designed to promote sustainable livelihoods for refugees. It then discusses Xavier Project's emergent tech-based innovations, including a cloud-based personalized learning suite, and the way nuanced M&E data from these innovations can help shape future programmes.

Speakers
avatar for Edmund Page

Edmund Page

CEO, Xavier Project
Edmund Page is the CEO and founder of Xavier Project, an NGO he founded in 2008 to promote education opportunities for refugees in Kenya and Uganda. Before moving to Kenya in 2011 to work full time on Xavier Project he was an English teacher in London. Since 2011 when he was Xavier... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:00 - 16:45
Giraffe 260

16:45

Improving Diverse Data-Collection, Improving Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Through funding from the UK Department for International Development's (DFID) Girls Education Challenge (GEC), Theatre for a Change (TfaC) is implementing Tiphunzire! (Let's learn!), a set of intervention activities that aim to improve the access, retention and learning outcomes of marginalized girls in 225 primary schools throughout Malawi.
There are 315 teachers running the programme trained by TfaC and with a small staff base TfaC needs to collect field data from rural communities creatively and reliably. Technology provides the opportunity to do this in depth and in real time.
Based on an mHealth model, TfaC trains all project teachers in the collection of data and the use of the data collection platform Mobenzi. Participant teachers receive a project smart-phone which provides the designated reports, delivered immediately to the Mobenzi server, ready for analysis. In conjunction with a standardised monthly report, the project collects a wide range of data and attitudinal indicators. The monthly report alone has gathered over a million data points, and this real-time data on: attendances, project effectiveness and attitudinal change has changed the nature of the project dramatically. Enhanced by both quantitative and qualitative data being collected effortlessly side-by-side.
As a result, the feedback loops have tightened and the project is able to analyze patterns quickly to understand what strategies works and what needs more focus. The low staff resources and high yield technology has brought to the project cannot be underestimated and TfaC is committed to utilising this feature for improving the educational outcomes for the most marginalized throughout Malawi.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Hallam

Steven Hallam

Education MEL Manager, Theatre for a Change
Steven Hallam works as the MEL Manager for the Education Programme at Theatre for a Change. In the past he has worked on crime prevention programmes in London. In the past he was an English teacher in South Korea. He has a MSc Policy Economics and a BSc International Management. His... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:45 - 17:30
Giraffe 261

16:45

Xavier Project - Pioneering Education in Urban Refugee Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

Xavier Project has worked for over seven years on improving education opportunities for urban refugees in Kenya and Uganda. Many refugees see education as their primary means to access new opportunities, secure better livelihoods and generally improve their quality of life,. At the same time, contemporary technological advances have facilitated unprecedented accessibility and democratization of educational information, meaning that innovative educational methods are now more feasible to implement than ever. Our presentation will discuss Xavier Project's evolving educational and knowledge-sharing methods, based on lessons learned from our solidarity-focused approach to community collaboration.

The presentation begins with an outline of Xavier Project's community-led activities, and the way ICT has contributed to their implementation. These include our partnership with Eneza Education LTD to bring locally relevant learning to over 2000 refugees via basic mobile phone technology, our newsletter, written by refugees for refugees, and our life-long learning courses run in seven hubs across Nairobi and Kampala- including Computer Literacy, Finance, and a more advanced Refugee Studies course - all of which are designed to promote sustainable livelihoods for refugees. It then discusses Xavier Project's emergent tech-based innovations, including a cloud-based personalized learning suite, and the way nuanced M&E data from these innovations can help shape future programmes.

Speakers
avatar for Edmund Page

Edmund Page

CEO, Xavier Project
Edmund Page is the CEO and founder of Xavier Project, an NGO he founded in 2008 to promote education opportunities for refugees in Kenya and Uganda. Before moving to Kenya in 2011 to work full time on Xavier Project he was an English teacher in London. Since 2011 when he was Xavier... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 16:45 - 17:30
Giraffe 260
 
Wednesday, May 18
 

10:45

Easy Book Production with Bloom! A Demonstration
Limited Capacity seats available

Bloom is a new publishing software tool that has gained worldwide recognition for its flexibility and ease of use in the development of locally-generated reading materials. Developed by experts in SIL International, and the winner of a recent All Children Reading grant from USAID and World Vision, Bloom is a free program that is being used in a number of African and Asian countries to facilitate the development of reading materials in community languages.

Bloom contains templates for the development of levelled and decodable books as well as natural text; Symphony language analysis software is integrated into the Bloom tool, to help the writer maintain desired levels of readability. Illustrations and photographs are easily included in the text as well. The Bloom library contains a number of books that have been developed as "shell" books and can be translated into the desired language.

This demonstration will provide its audience with an understanding of what Bloom can do and how to use it.

If you are attending the training session, kindly install Bloom in your computer beforehand.  The link to install Bloom is http://bloomlibrary.org/installers/BloomInstaller.3.3.4.exe

Bloom only works on a PC, and not a tablet.  Bloom runs on Windows 7 or later.  It does not work on Windows XP. It does not run on Mac or Android.  Bloom requires .Net Framework 4.5.  This is a Microsoft product that comes with Windows 8 or 10.  If ou have Windows 7, you may need to install .Net Framework on your computer.  It also requires Art of Reading, which can be downloaded from the Bloom Website.  The version should be 3.5.


Speakers
RO

Ruth Obunyali

Book Development Consultant, SIL Africa
Ruth Obunyali works with SIL Africa's Advocacy and Alliance-Building Department in the area of book development, specifically the development of easy-reading reading materials in local languages. In the last 3 years Ruth has done both consulting and research in materials development... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:45 - 11:50
Jambo Conference Centre B

10:45

Interactive e-Learning-Rolling out to ICT
Limited Capacity seats available

Time has come to weed out the conventional ways of presentation. Learners want control; eLearning allows to offer control that classroom learning doesn't. It also becomes a source of education where it reaches out to millions who have limited or little access to institutional education for helping and educating marginalized communities for better health and hygiene habits. One of the most common scenarios for e-learning is to take an existing content in various formats and convert it to an e-learning course and place it virtually. The benefit to this approach is that you can make the course seem more compressed and it gives the learner as well as the presenter easier navigation. Also you may easily access the e-learning link from your mobile, laptop instead of using the heavy Power point slides. This works well if you have a mix of new and old learners who need different levels of information. 
iMerit here becomes the source of building these e-learning courses through conversion, testing and redesigning by using various eLearning tools partnering with other organizations to support them and provide a bigger impact for a larger community of people.
eLearning has to be interactive, that’s the goal of this training session. Come ready with your innovative thoughts, let's together create an impact!


Speakers
avatar for Debabrata Ghosh

Debabrata Ghosh

Manager - Technical Services, iMerit Technology Services Private Limited
Mr Debabrata Ghosh is working as Assistant Manager- Technical Services Project at iMerit Technology Services, India. He brings more than 7 years of experience in project management from his work in telecom and Designing domain. He holds a Bachelor degree in computer application. Currently... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:45 - 11:50
Jambo Conference Centre A

11:50

Easy Book Production with Bloom! A Demonstration
Limited Capacity seats available

Bloom is a new publishing software tool that has gained worldwide recognition for its flexibility and ease of use in the development of locally-generated reading materials. Developed by experts in SIL International, and the winner of a recent All Children Reading grant from USAID and World Vision, Bloom is a free program that is being used in a number of African and Asian countries to facilitate the development of reading materials in community languages.

Bloom contains templates for the development of levelled and decodable books as well as natural text; Symphony language analysis software is integrated into the Bloom tool, to help the writer maintain desired levels of readability. Illustrations and photographs are easily included in the text as well. The Bloom library contains a number of books that have been developed as "shell" books and can be translated into the desired language.

This demonstration will provide its audience with an understanding of what Bloom can do and how to use it.

If you are attending the training session, kindly install Bloom in your computer beforehand.  The link to install Bloom is http://bloomlibrary.org/installers/BloomInstaller.3.3.4.exe

Bloom only works on a PC, and not a tablet.  Bloom runds on Windows 7 or later.  It does not work on Windows XP.  It does not run on Mac or Android.  Bloom requires .Net Framework 4.5. This is a Microsoft product that comes with Windows 8 or 10.  If you have Windows 7 you may need to install .Net Framework on your computer.  It also requires Art of Reading, which can be downloaded from the Bloom Website.  The version should be 3.5.


Speakers
RO

Ruth Obunyali

Book Development Consultant, SIL Africa
Ruth Obunyali works with SIL Africa's Advocacy and Alliance-Building Department in the area of book development, specifically the development of easy-reading reading materials in local languages. In the last 3 years Ruth has done both consulting and research in materials development... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 11:50 - 12:50
Jambo Conference Centre B

11:50

Interactive e-Learning-Rolling out to ICT
Limited Capacity filling up

Time has come to weed out the conventional ways of presentation. Learners want control; eLearning allows to offer control that classroom learning doesn't. It also becomes a source of education where it reaches out to millions who have limited or little access to institutional education for helping and educating marginalized communities for better health and hygiene habits.
One of the most common scenarios for e-learning is to take an existing content in various formats and convert it to an e-learning course and place it virtually. The benefit to this approach is that you can make the course seem more compressed and it gives the learner as well as the presenter easier navigation. Also you may easily access the e-learning link from your mobile, laptop instead of using the heavy Power point slides. This works well if you have a mix of new and old learners who need different levels of information.
iMerit here becomes the source of building these e-learning courses through conversion, testing and redesigning by using various eLearning tools partnering with other organizations to support them and provide a bigger impact for a larger community of people.
eLearning has to be interactive, thats the goal of this training session. Come ready with your innovative thoughts,let's together create an impact !

Speakers
avatar for Debabrata Ghosh

Debabrata Ghosh

Manager - Technical Services, iMerit Technology Services Private Limited
Mr Debabrata Ghosh is working as Assistant Manager- Technical Services Project at iMerit Technology Services, India. He brings more than 7 years of experience in project management from his work in telecom and Designing domain. He holds a Bachelor degree in computer application. Currently... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 11:50 - 12:50
Jambo Conference Centre A

13:50

Mobile Filmmaking for Development
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2008, a dramatic revolution in filmmaking took place. Two companies, Nikon and Canon, released cameras traditionally used for photography with the ability to record High Definition video. These cameras, known as digital single-lens reflex, or DSLRs for short, gave filmmakers the ability to create the look and feel of an expensive, film studio-grade camera equipment at a fraction of the cost. By using their own lenses, microphones and other accessories, DSLR filmmakers took off around the world to produce vibrant, professional content.
Today, another revolution is taking place. An old saying in photography circles is "the best camera is the one that's with you." Smartphones are reaching every corner of the globe, and with them, the ability to create powerful content through video, photo, and audio storytelling. And in the developing world, Android-based phones, equipped with Google's mobile operating system and thousands of apps, are providing both HD cameras and editing software into the hands of people everywhere.
However, while the equipment itself may be capable of HD, human error often causes badly lit, shaky, and otherwise poor quality content. How can we enable storytellers in the countries we work in to produce beautifully composed, stable video with clear audio? Learn how storyboarding, shooting technique, audio capture, and the addition of a few low-cost accessories can go a long way to bringing the next filmmaking revolution into the hands of people all around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Miles Sedgwick

Miles Sedgwick

Founder, Rana Labs
Miles Sedgwick is the Founder and Creative Director of Rana Labs, a digital media agency based in Washington DC. For over ten years, he has been creating video and other digital content for USAID-funded projects and nonprofits around the world. The mission of Rana Labs is to empower... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 13:50 - 14:55
Ivory - Partition 2

13:50

Tusome National Tablet Programme: A Large Scale ICT Intervention to Improve Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

The Uwezo study shows that only 3 in 10 Class 2 pupils can read. To improve this, Kenya is implementing the Tusome National Tablet Programme, which is the first national scale implementation of an ICT program supporting improved instructional feedback in Sub-Saharan Africa, as previous work has been in small scale pilots.
Each of Kenya's Curriculum Support Officers (CSOs) who support Kenya's 1127 zones was equipped with a tablet in 2015. CSOs are provided with the Tutor classroom observational tool, which allows them to help the CSO give feedback on teaching quality to the teacher, and to assess pupil learning. This application also collects a GPS reading, and allows for the creation of a national database of school information. The CSO also has a set of 30 instructional videos, and a letter sound application which allows users to hear letter sounds as well as record their own attempts at the sounds.
In 2015, CSOs observed more than 40,000 classrooms and assessed more than 120,000 pupils. This data has been aggregated in a national dashboard which shows county comparisons. This dashboard has been used to support educational decision-making. A monthly email is sent to each County Director to allow them to make comparisons between CSO performance. The dashboard includes a clickable map of the observations, allowing decision-makers to compare local, zonal, county and national levels. This presentation will share the initial findings of the Tusome National Tablet Programme, and will show the possibilities that exist in expanding simple, sustainable technologies to a national level.

Speakers
DB

Dr. Benjamin Piper

Chief of Party, Tusome, RTI International
Benjamin Piper EdD, is the Chief of Party of the USAID- and DFID-funded Tusome Early Grade Reading Activity in Kenya. Tusome is Kenya’s national literacy programme, supporting more than 22,600 public primary schools and 1,000 complementary schools in the slum areas to improve literacy... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 13:50 - 14:55
Jambo Conference Centre A

14:55

Mobile Filmmaking for Development
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2008, a dramatic revolution in filmmaking took place. Two companies, Nikon and Canon, released cameras traditionally used for photography with the ability to record High Definition video. These cameras, known as digital single-lens reflex, or DSLRs for short, gave filmmakers the ability to create the look and feel of an expensive, film studio-grade camera equipment at a fraction of the cost. By using their own lenses, microphones and other accessories, DSLR filmmakers took off around the world to produce vibrant, professional content.
Today, another revolution is taking place. An old saying in photography circles is "the best camera is the one that's with you." Smartphones are reaching every corner of the globe, and with them, the ability to create powerful content through video, photo, and audio storytelling. And in the developing world, Android-based phones, equipped with Google's mobile operating system and thousands of apps, are providing both HD cameras and editing software into the hands of people everywhere.
However, while the equipment itself may be capable of HD, human error often causes badly lit, shaky, and otherwise poor quality content. How can we enable storytellers in the countries we work in to produce beautifully composed, stable video with clear audio? Learn how storyboarding, shooting technique, audio capture, and the addition of a few low-cost accessories can go a long way to bringing the next filmmaking revolution into the hands of people all around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Miles Sedgwick

Miles Sedgwick

Founder, Rana Labs
Miles Sedgwick is the Founder and Creative Director of Rana Labs, a digital media agency based in Washington DC. For over ten years, he has been creating video and other digital content for USAID-funded projects and nonprofits around the world. The mission of Rana Labs is to empower... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 14:55 - 16:00
Ivory - Partition 2

14:55

Tusome National Tablet Programme: A Large Scale ICT Intervention to Improve Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

The Uwezo study shows that only 3 in 10 Class 2 pupils can read. To improve this, Kenya is implementing the Tusome National Tablet Programme, which is the first national scale implementation of an ICT program supporting improved instructional feedback in Sub-Saharan Africa, as previous work has been in small scale pilots.
Each of Kenya's Curriculum Support Officers (CSOs) who support Kenya's 1127 zones was equipped with a tablet in 2015. CSOs are provided with the Tutor classroom observational tool, which allows them to help the CSO give feedback on teaching quality to the teacher, and to assess pupil learning. This application also collects a GPS reading, and allows for the creation of a national database of school information. The CSO also has a set of 30 instructional videos, and a letter sound application which allows users to hear letter sounds as well as record their own attempts at the sounds.
In 2015, CSOs observed more than 40,000 classrooms and assessed more than 120,000 pupils. This data has been aggregated in a national dashboard which shows county comparisons. This dashboard has been used to support educational decision-making. A monthly email is sent to each County Director to allow them to make comparisons between CSO performance. The dashboard includes a clickable map of the observations, allowing decision-makers to compare local, zonal, county and national levels. This presentation will share the initial findings of the Tusome National Tablet Programme, and will show the possibilities that exist in expanding simple, sustainable technologies to a national level.

Speakers
DB

Dr. Benjamin Piper

Chief of Party, Tusome, RTI International
Benjamin Piper EdD, is the Chief of Party of the USAID- and DFID-funded Tusome Early Grade Reading Activity in Kenya. Tusome is Kenya’s national literacy programme, supporting more than 22,600 public primary schools and 1,000 complementary schools in the slum areas to improve literacy... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 14:55 - 16:00
Jambo Conference Centre A

16:30

Tusome National Tablet Programme: A Large Scale ICT Intervention to Improve Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

The Uwezo study shows that only 3 in 10 Class 2 pupils can read. To improve this, Kenya is implementing the Tusome National Tablet Programme, which is the first national scale implementation of an ICT program supporting improved instructional feedback in Sub-Saharan Africa, as previous work has been in small scale pilots.
Each of Kenya's Curriculum Support Officers (CSOs) who support Kenya's 1127 zones was equipped with a tablet in 2015. CSOs are provided with the Tutor classroom observational tool, which allows them to help the CSO give feedback on teaching quality to the teacher, and to assess pupil learning. This application also collects a GPS reading, and allows for the creation of a national database of school information. The CSO also has a set of 30 instructional videos, and a letter sound application which allows users to hear letter sounds as well as record their own attempts at the sounds.
In 2015, CSOs observed more than 40,000 classrooms and assessed more than 120,000 pupils. This data has been aggregated in a national dashboard which shows county comparisons. This dashboard has been used to support educational decision-making. A monthly email is sent to each County Director to allow them to make comparisons between CSO performance. The dashboard includes a clickable map of the observations, allowing decision-makers to compare local, zonal, county and national levels. This presentation will share the initial findings of the Tusome National Tablet Programme, and will show the possibilities that exist in expanding simple, sustainable technologies to a national level.

Speakers
DB

Dr. Benjamin Piper

Chief of Party, Tusome, RTI International
Benjamin Piper EdD, is the Chief of Party of the USAID- and DFID-funded Tusome Early Grade Reading Activity in Kenya. Tusome is Kenya’s national literacy programme, supporting more than 22,600 public primary schools and 1,000 complementary schools in the slum areas to improve literacy... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 16:30 - 17:30
Jambo Conference Centre A

16:30

Using Impactful, Blended Learning for Better Development
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive training session will help participants understand how to use blended learning, including online and mobile portals and eLearning, for more effective, cost-efficient, scale-able and impactful learning and better development. Includes understanding how Creative is using its CreativeU tool and approach and working with partners to design localized, custom content and portals with the user. We will look at the all-important incentives system and the whole ecosystem for successful eLearning, including Professional Development for Development Professionals, life skills for Positive Youth Development, job skills for workforce development, and other learning objectives and audiences. We will look at and learn from online and mobile eLearning sites and mobile apps - specifically CreativeU, Aid-to-ArtisansU, and the DropoutPreventionLab.org, among other sites/tools.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll

Senior Director, Creative Development Lab, Creative Associates International
Sean Carroll heads the Creative Development Lab at Creative Associates International. He was Chief of Staff and COO at USAID in the Obama Administration, where he led efforts to modernize the way USAID works. At Creative, he has led development of CreativeU, a modern approach to impactful... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 16:30 - 17:30
Ivory - Partition 2
 
Thursday, May 19
 

10:45

Girls and ICTD: Creating Visibility for the Invisible
Limited Capacity full

The "problem" of girls and ICT is perceived in different ways. For some, image is the key, with breaking down myths and stereotypes viewed as all important. Others see the "problem" as being institutionally based, with schools and teachers misinterpreting male and female capabilities, transmitting negative messages about gender and technology, demonstrating a lack of interest in ICT or, in the affluence / poverty dichotomy, promoting one type of computer learning and practice over all others. Yet again, it can be gender scripts built into computer hard/software that are to blame.

Industry-led initiatives such demonstrate an ability to penetrate widely, if not deeply; address concerns in the literature around making ICT audience-relevant and person rather than technology- centered; and are, it seems, flexible enough to allow transferability and modification.

The primary audience for this session includes three groups: ICTD (to use the broader concept) academics and development professionals. The former will benefit from a timely review of the field from an influential organization that has helped shape practical ICTD programs and measure their outcomes over more than a decade. Such a perspective permits reflection on past efforts and recognition of open problems, suggesting opportunities for further research. The latter would benefit from the best practices, methods, tools, and techniques used to implement, monitor, and measure projects and their outputs. Thirdly, relevant group would come from those who participate in the formal and informal institutions and regulatory bodies involved with developing and enacting ICT and Girls policies.

Although the session is targeted at a research-focused audience, the level and pitch of the dialogue is such that any person at the regulatory, policy, or administrative level can relate to and gain insightful information from.

This session is hoped to provide a snapshot of strategies to improve female participation in ICT and careers suggests a need for approaches, which are both impactful and sustainable. It highlighting both the potential and the drawbacks of various measures, this session will also suggest valuable lessons that may be drawn from both sides of that equation. In designing successful intervention strategies, it is crucial to be aware of issues such as in-built gender scripts in computer hard/software; the kind of messages being transmitted in heterogeneous classrooms; the need for teacher education in gender and diversity issues; the ways in which ICT infrastructure is being employed and the learning / skills development that produces; the desirability of spreading the load where staffing is concerned; the need to make ICT studies real-world relevant; and the requirement for ICT studies to be person rather than technology centered. 


Speakers
MB

Matilda Brace

ICT and Girls Advocate, Institute of Chartered Accountant - Ghana
She holds a bachelor degree in Administration (Accounting option) from the University of Ghana, currently pursuing a professional chartered accountancy program at the Institute of Chartered Accountant - Ghana and a member of a graduate research think tank - Transdisciplinary Researchers... Read More →



Thursday May 19, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 261

10:45

Power of mLearning in Kenya: Lessons Learned and New Directions
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2013, the Kenyan government pledged to give devices to every child in the first year of primary school. At the same time, Nairobi based EdTech start-up, eLimu, was getting encouraging results from a test of its new revision app in a small informal school in Kawangware. “Average marks in science went from 58% to 73% in a single term,” The Economist reported.

Qualcomm Wireless Reach gave us the opportunity to run a pilot in a large government school in Embakasi, Nairobi. We gave nearly 300 tablets to 37 teachers, and 250 students in classes 7 and 8. They were already being used the very next day.

This is the story of what happens when sky-high expectations come face to face with the reality on the ground. This is what happened in one school in Embakasi last year, but it is also the story of what is going to happen in 20,000 Kenyan schools next year.

A huge public with limited resources is not the “quick win” scenario of most pilots, but it is a much needed reality check. We realized digital education isn’t just about captivating learners; it’s about engaging teachers, involving head teachers from the onset, connecting the community, partnering with the government and more.

Only by providing thorough training and ongoing support can we give teachers the confidence to use technology effectively in the classroom, while engaging leadership and the wider community. This is vital if we are to go beyond digital literacy to improving educational outcomes.


Speakers
avatar for Joan Njogu

Joan Njogu

Head of Programs, eLimu
Joan is the Head of Programs at eLimu. She develops extended learning content to equip learners with skills for the 21st century. Over the last 3 years she has taken eLimu to schools and libraries, training teachers and pupils on how to use technology and the eLimu app in the classroom... Read More →
SR

Sam Rich

CEO, eLimu
Sam Rich is the CEO at eLimu. He as spent over 10 years as an education and behavior change consultant from the UK. In London, he began work as a journalist, before dabbling in design, then training as a teacher, and briefly dipping his toes into the dot-com sector. Ten years ago... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:45 - 11:30
Giraffe 260

11:30

Girls and ICTD: Creating Visibility for the Invisible
Limited Capacity seats available

The "problem" of girls and ICT is perceived in different ways. For some, image is the key, with breaking down myths and stereotypes viewed as all important. Others see the "problem" as being institutionally based, with schools and teachers misinterpreting male and female capabilities, transmitting negative messages about gender and technology, demonstrating a lack of interest in ICT or, in the affluence / poverty dichotomy, promoting one type of computer learning and practice over all others. Yet again, it can be gender scripts built into computer hard/software that are to blame.

Industry-led initiatives such demonstrate an ability to penetrate widely, if not deeply; address concerns in the literature around making ICT audience-relevant and person rather than technology- centered; and are, it seems, flexible enough to allow transferability and modification.

The primary audience for this session includes three groups: ICTD (to use the broader concept) academics and development professionals. The former will benefit from a timely review of the field from an influential organization that has helped shape practical ICTD programs and measure their outcomes over more than a decade. Such a perspective permits reflection on past efforts and recognition of open problems, suggesting opportunities for further research. The latter would benefit from the best practices, methods, tools, and techniques used to implement, monitor, and measure projects and their outputs. Thirdly, relevant group would come from those who participate in the formal and informal institutions and regulatory bodies involved with developing and enacting ICT and Girls policies.

Although the session is targeted at a research-focused audience, the level and pitch of the dialogue is such that any person at the regulatory, policy, or administrative level can relate to and gain insightful information from.

This session is hoped to provide a snapshot of strategies to improve female participation in ICT and careers suggests a need for approaches, which are both impactful and sustainable. It highlighting both the potential and the drawbacks of various measures, this session will also suggest valuable lessons that may be drawn from both sides of that equation. In designing successful intervention strategies, it is crucial to be aware of issues such as in-built gender scripts in computer hard/software; the kind of messages being transmitted in heterogeneous classrooms; the need for teacher education in gender and diversity issues; the ways in which ICT infrastructure is being employed and the learning / skills development that produces; the desirability of spreading the load where staffing is concerned; the need to make ICT studies real-world relevant; and the requirement for ICT studies to be person rather than technology centered. 


Speakers
MB

Matilda Brace

ICT and Girls Advocate, Institute of Chartered Accountant - Ghana
She holds a bachelor degree in Administration (Accounting option) from the University of Ghana, currently pursuing a professional chartered accountancy program at the Institute of Chartered Accountant - Ghana and a member of a graduate research think tank - Transdisciplinary Researchers... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 261

11:30

Power of mLearning in Kenya: Lessons Learned and New Directions
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2013, the Kenyan government pledged to give devices to every child in the first year of primary school. At the same time, Nairobi based EdTech start-up, eLimu, was getting encouraging results from a test of its new revision app in a small informal school in Kawangware. “Average marks in science went from 58% to 73% in a single term,” The Economist reported.

Qualcomm Wireless Reach gave us the opportunity to run a pilot in a large government school in Embakasi, Nairobi. We gave nearly 300 tablets to 37 teachers, and 250 students in classes 7 and 8. They were already being used the very next day.

This is the story of what happens when sky-high expectations come face to face with the reality on the ground. This is what happened in one school in Embakasi last year, but it is also the story of what is going to happen in 20,000 Kenyan schools next year.

A huge public with limited resources is not the “quick win” scenario of most pilots, but it is a much needed reality check. We realized digital education isn’t just about captivating learners; it’s about engaging teachers, involving head teachers from the onset, connecting the community, partnering with the government and more.

Only by providing thorough training and ongoing support can we give teachers the confidence to use technology effectively in the classroom, while engaging leadership and the wider community. This is vital if we are to go beyond digital literacy to improving educational outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Joan Njogu

Joan Njogu

Head of Programs, eLimu
Joan is the Head of Programs at eLimu. She develops extended learning content to equip learners with skills for the 21st century. Over the last 3 years she has taken eLimu to schools and libraries, training teachers and pupils on how to use technology and the eLimu app in the classroom... Read More →
SR

Sam Rich

CEO, eLimu
Sam Rich is the CEO at eLimu. He as spent over 10 years as an education and behavior change consultant from the UK. In London, he began work as a journalist, before dabbling in design, then training as a teacher, and briefly dipping his toes into the dot-com sector. Ten years ago... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:30 - 12:15
Giraffe 260

12:15

Driving Education Transformation Through Technology Partnerships
Limited Capacity filling up

Education transformation programs at the system level are a means of building core numeracy, literacy and 21C skills. Technology can be an effective foundational tool that teachers can leverage in innovative teaching practice. However, for any transformation program to be effective - whether it's technology-based or not - it's critical that a wide range of stakeholders have a voice in the process, and that the right data is present to make informed decisions and to track success or areas of improvement. In African countries, as elsewhere, the government is the ultimate stakeholder and owner of transformation programs in education, but the social sector (NGOs, community groups, teacher unions, PTA groups, etc.), financial sector (donors, development banks, government funding agencies) and private sector (technology companies, hardware manufacturers, content companies) all bring an important perspective. Building such partnerships - and driving trust among the partners - is hard work, and requires a thoughtful, intentional and structured approach. This panel will look at the elements of using effective public-private partnerships to drive system change, and will explore examples of partnerships that have been successful, as well as the challenges that panelists have faced in developing such partnerships. Panelist names TBD.

Speakers
avatar for James Bernard

James Bernard

Director, Strategic Partnerships, SSG Advisors
James Bernard is Director of Strategic Partnerships at SSG Advisors, a consultancy focused on partnerships in international development, impact investment and frontier market expansion. An internationally recognized expert on multi-stakeholder partnerships with more than 25 years... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 261

12:15

Power of mLearning in Kenya: Lessons Learned and New Directions
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2013, the Kenyan government pledged to give devices to every child in the first year of primary school. At the same time, Nairobi based EdTech start-up, eLimu, was getting encouraging results from a test of its new revision app in a small informal school in Kawangware. “Average marks in science went from 58% to 73% in a single term,” The Economist reported.

Qualcomm Wireless Reach gave us the opportunity to run a pilot in a large government school in Embakasi, Nairobi. We gave nearly 300 tablets to 37 teachers, and 250 students in classes 7 and 8. They were already being used the very next day.

This is the story of what happens when sky-high expectations come face to face with the reality on the ground. This is what happened in one school in Embakasi last year, but it is also the story of what is going to happen in 20,000 Kenyan schools next year.

A huge public with limited resources is not the “quick win” scenario of most pilots, but it is a much needed reality check. We realized digital education isn’t just about captivating learners; it’s about engaging teachers, involving head teachers from the onset, connecting the community, partnering with the government and more.

Only by providing thorough training and ongoing support can we give teachers the confidence to use technology effectively in the classroom, while engaging leadership and the wider community. This is vital if we are to go beyond digital literacy to improving educational outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Joan Njogu

Joan Njogu

Head of Programs, eLimu
Joan is the Head of Programs at eLimu. She develops extended learning content to equip learners with skills for the 21st century. Over the last 3 years she has taken eLimu to schools and libraries, training teachers and pupils on how to use technology and the eLimu app in the classroom... Read More →
SR

Sam Rich

CEO, eLimu
Sam Rich is the CEO at eLimu. He as spent over 10 years as an education and behavior change consultant from the UK. In London, he began work as a journalist, before dabbling in design, then training as a teacher, and briefly dipping his toes into the dot-com sector. Ten years ago... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 12:15 - 13:00
Giraffe 260

14:00

Connecting People, Preserving Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

BOSCO Uganda is a non-profit organization which promotes education and computer literacy through a network of computer centers in remote locations across northern Uganda. Through wireless internet and VoIP telephony into the internally displaced person's camps of northern Uganda. BOSCO's mission is to empower communities in post-conflict Uganda through dialog, education and economic development. BOSCO collaborated with Inveneo to place their
low-power PCs powered by solar panels in the Catechist Training Center and the Caritas Office in Gulu, as well as at schools, hospitals, colleges and Churches in the Pabbo, Alero, Lacor, Coope, Jen'Geri, Unyama, and Pagak IDP camps. The organization aims to use ICT to help end the isolation of communities in rural northern Uganda as well as improve education, economics, human rights documentation, health care and rural development.
BOSCO focuses on providing innovative information and communication technology (ICT) solutions using a collaborative and Internet approach to foster socio-economic development and peace building in rural communities in northern Uganda.
The strategy is based on ICT and computer education for rural communities, with a particular focus on Web 2.0 applications and usage , Intranet approach to ICT for sustainable rural development, livelihoods and income generation; and research and installation of innovative ICT technologies for rural areas.
BOSCO envisions open and peaceful rural communities, ready to face the challenges and opportunities of the globalized world in the 21st century.

Speakers
avatar for Tonny Okwonga

Tonny Okwonga

Chief Operating Officer (COO), Battery Operated System for Community Outreach (BOSCO Uganda)
Tonny Okwonga is a Ugandan Citizen. His 10 years work experience to date includes: - Chief Operating Officer (COO) BOSCOUganda 2014- To Date - Project Manager CE3 University of Notre dame project Uganda.2013-2014 - Support Program officer Monitoring and Evaluation Uganda Episcopal... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 261

14:00

Low-Cost Digital Technology as a Platform for an Innovative Engineering Skills Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Engineering tools are crucial to individuals and communities charting their own development paths. However, engineering curricula are often inaccessible except via elite formal education. Digital learning platforms delivered on one-to-one devices afford students in low-resource settings with opportunities to engage with interactive content, receive immediate feedback on formative assessments, and view complex phenomenon. Educational technology serves as a scaffold for students to learn and apply it immediately in their communities. In our ongoing study, we combine a novel tablet platform, blended classroom structure, and hands-on activities to deliver an innovative engineering curriculum for pre-college students. We develop and assess this curriculum for former "street youth" at a residential school in western Kenya. The curriculum integrates science and engineering concepts applied to real problems the students identify around them, and the technology serves as a vehicle and a tool for students to access engaging content. Further, the tablet platform serves as an engineering tool itself for students to see simulations of real phenomena, employ the tablet as a "lab notebook" for observations and concept sketches, and take measurements using various sensors and programs under development. We present pilot data from the beginning of our deployment of this curriculum as well as a description of the backward design process and our model of experiential engineering education.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jennifer DeBoer

Dr. Jennifer DeBoer

Assistant Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University
Dr. Jennifer DeBoer is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research group is motivated to understand how technology and policy tools can promote equity and success for diverse engineering students around the world. She is the recipient of a 2015... Read More →



Thursday May 19, 2016 14:00 - 14:45
Giraffe 260

14:45

Connecting People, Preserving Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

Battery Operated Systems for Community Outreach (BOSCO-Uganda) BOSCOUganda is a non-profit organization which promotes education and computer literacy through a network of computer centers in remote locations across northern Uganda. Through wireless internet and VoIP telephony into the internally displaced person's camps of northern Uganda. BOSCO's mission is to empower communities in post-conflict Uganda through dialog, education and economic development. BOSCO collaborated with Inveneo to place their
low-power PCs powered by solar panels in the Catechist Training Center and the Caritas Office in Gulu, as well as at schools, hospitals, colleges and Churches in the Pabbo, Alero, Lacor, Coope, Jen'Geri, Unyama, and Pagak IDP camps. The organization aims to use ICT to help end the isolation of communities in rural northern Uganda as well as improve education, economics, human rights documentation, health care and rural development.
BOSCO focuses on providing innovative information and communication technology (ICT) solutions using a collaborative and Internet approach to foster socio-economic development and peace building in rural communities in northern Uganda.
The strategy is based on ICT and computer education for rural communities, with a particular focus on Web 2.0 applications and usage , Intranet approach to ICT for sustainable rural development, livelihoods and income generation; and research and installation of innovative ICT technologies for rural areas.
BOSCO "envisions open and peaceful rural communities, ready to face the challenges and opportunities of the globalized world in the 21st century.

Speakers
avatar for Tonny Okwonga

Tonny Okwonga

Chief Operating Officer (COO), Battery Operated System for Community Outreach (BOSCO Uganda)
Tonny Okwonga is a Ugandan Citizen. His 10 years work experience to date includes: - Chief Operating Officer (COO) BOSCOUganda 2014- To Date - Project Manager CE3 University of Notre dame project Uganda.2013-2014 - Support Program officer Monitoring and Evaluation Uganda Episcopal... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 261

14:45

Low-Cost Digital Technology as a Platform for an Innovative Engineering Skills Curriculum
Limited Capacity seats available

Engineering tools are crucial to individuals and communities charting their own development paths. However, engineering curricula are often inaccessible except via elite formal education. Digital learning platforms delivered on one-to-one devices afford students in low-resource settings with opportunities to engage with interactive content, receive immediate feedback on formative assessments, and view complex phenomenon. Educational technology serves as a scaffold for students to learn and apply it immediately in their communities. In our ongoing study, we combine a novel tablet platform, blended classroom structure, and hands-on activities to deliver an innovative engineering curriculum for pre-college students. We develop and assess this curriculum for former "street youth" at a residential school in western Kenya. The curriculum integrates science and engineering concepts applied to real problems the students identify around them, and the technology serves as a vehicle and a tool for students to access engaging content. Further, the tablet platform serves as an engineering tool itself for students to see simulations of real phenomena, employ the tablet as a "lab notebook" for observations and concept sketches, and take measurements using various sensors and programs under development. We present pilot data from the beginning of our deployment of this curriculum as well as a description of the backward design process and our model of experiential engineering education.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jennifer DeBoer

Dr. Jennifer DeBoer

Assistant Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University
Dr. Jennifer DeBoer is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. Her research group is motivated to understand how technology and policy tools can promote equity and success for diverse engineering students around the world. She is the recipient of a 2015... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 14:45 - 15:30
Giraffe 260