The right to learn, anywhere
The shift to hybrid classrooms with Inclusiv Education
Inclusiv Education (IE) is a joint venture with Save the Children Australia that helps partners in the development sector adopt educational technology to increase access to high quality education and bridge the digital divide. In 2021 IE continued to help partners throughout the sector adapt to the educational challenges posed by COVID-19. This included notable projects in Tonga and Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Tonga - Safe Back to School
Silvia and Polouena enjoying the online learning platform ‘Hama’ in Tonga.
Photo: Taikaati Pulotu
This year, IE provided technical advisory support to enhance the Tongan Ministry of Education’s capacity to maintain student learning outcomes while schools are closed due to emergencies. Our support helped launch the first national student learning platform, ‘Hama’. This platform enables Tonga to transform their learning environments into multi-modal home-based education, a 'hybrid' teaching approach that combines best-practices in online and face-to-face educational experiences.
Papua New Guinea – Literacy & Numeracy Boost
Our project in Papua New Guinea ensured that teachers are trained and supported to find ways to integrate technology into their lesson plans. This year we finished phase III of the Western Province eLearning project. Our strategies acknowledged the need to build digital literacy of both learners and teachers. To address this, we measured our impact through improvements in English and Maths learning outcomes in primary schools and through developments in the digital literacy and capacity of teachers to use eLearning in their classrooms.
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Putting children’s voices front and centre
Child Wise: Creating safer organisations for children
Child Wise is a social enterprise of Save the Children Australia specialising in child safeguarding. The mission of Child Wise is to lead the world in transforming systems and institutions to keep children and young people safe from abuse and harm.
In 2021 our work extended in breadth, depth and geographically into other countries across the globe. The number of hours spent dedicated to child safeguarding grew from just below 5,000 in 2020 to over 17,500. We extended our reach from two countries outside Australia to eight. Our public profile grew exponentially: from 10 appearances in the media in 2021 to 256.
An exciting result of our advocacy is the inclusion of young people in policy-making for digital safeguarding.
We also made significant submissions to many enquiries, particularly those relating to the online safety of children and young people.
In 2021 we consulted with children and young people on the best ways to increase youth involvement in our work, leading to the development of the Child Wise Youth Advisory Board. The Board brings 12 exceptional young people together to shape our practice, ensuring their voices are front and centre.
We partnered with House of Muchness to produce ‘Like This’ – an in-depth look at young people and social media – the issues and challenges – from their perspective.