Save the Children was founded in 1919 and now works in 120 countries, saving children’s lives, fighting for their rights and helping them fulfil their potential. With the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) as its cornerstone, Save the Children runs world-class programmes to improve children’s lives, and challenges world leaders to deliver on promises to give children a brighter future.
Professor David Stephens, along with Professor Clive Harber of the University of Birmingham and a team of African researchers, collaborated with Save the Children Norway who funded an £80,000 four-country study of their Quality Education Project (QEP) in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The evaluation team assessed the QEP in Ethiopia, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and concluded that it was a well-conceived, innovative programme with the potential to make a significant contribution to education quality in developing countries. We made detailed recommendations regarding enhancing programmes, training, the role of action research, implementation, management, leadership, sustainability and scaling up. Save the Children Norway took these recommendations into account when developing their global strategic plan.
Our work enabled Save the Children to make policy changes to promote participatory learning internationally. Participatory approaches have been adopted in 300 project primary schools involving 1,000 teachers and 120,000 children. QEP has since been rolled out to all teacher-training colleges in the Amhara region of Ethiopia, serving 20 million inhabitants. Collaborating with global players enables us to put research into action on a worldwide scale.