Discovery Project Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria

Utilizing their experience in transformative educational media, Discovery Learning Alliance (DLA) leads the Discovery Project to improve the quality of teaching and learning by providing educational video libraries, training over 15,000 teachers, and reaching millions with national television programs.
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What is the project doing?

-  Improving the quality of education through media in the classroom and teacher training and professional development, and reaching over 15,000 teachers and almost 1.5 million students in nearly 2000 primary and junior secondary schools across Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria.

-  Training and supporting communities in developing and implementing action plans to address gender marginalization, including formation of clubs and other activities to connect out-of-school girls with educational opportunities and support girls to succeed in school.

-  Producing new life skills video programming created in collaboration with Camfed and their My Better World curriculum, to develop a range of practical knowledge and real-world skills for clubs, schools, and communities.

-  Producing national television programs that changed knowledge, attitudes and practices around education, especially for girls and women. *Programs aired 2015-2016 and reached over 10mm people through national broadcasts in Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.

By overcoming multiple barriers to quality education, Phase I and II of the Discovery Project empower marginalized girls and boys, their families and their communities to prioritize access to quality education. This approach combines teacher professional development, sustainable technology and compelling educational video programming to increase motivation and improve learning outcomes so marginalized children, especially girls, are more likely to come to school, stay in school and be more engaged in the classroom. The project also encourages parents, teachers and community members to develop action plans to support girls and boys in reaching their education goals. These locally driven community action plans may include encouraging girls to utilize existing “safe spaces” and/or supporting self-formed clubs for girls both in and out of school.

In Phase I, the project delivered hands-on teacher training and 21st century, gender-responsive teaching skills in existing primary and junior secondary schools. A library of relevant educational videos, coupled with training on how to use media to improve teaching and learning, provides a dynamic tool for teachers. The results of this effective teaching and learning experience include: increased teacher effectiveness, increased student learning, enrolment and attendance; and greater parent involvement in schools. DLA also produced television programs designed to break down barriers to girls’ and boys’ access to and success in school. These nationally broadcast programs introduced positive role models and helped establish open dialogue demonstrating the power of education, reaching millions of people across Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria.

Phase II will expand sustainable technology, educational content and teacher professional development to improve the quality and gender-inclusiveness of education for girls in more than 450 junior secondary schools. Partnerships with Camfed, Cell-Ed, Avanti, and the iMlango Consortium also bring a new digital life skills curriculum, literacy and numeracy media resources, internet connectivity, and teacher support.

National television programs designed to change mindsets, attitudes and behaviors around girls’ education supported with intense in-school activities and outreach.Teacher transfers and turnover, achieving high literacy and numeracy gains, and the limited number of female mentors are challenges the Discovery Project is focused on addressing.

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