‘KwaraLEARN, a data-driven education transformation project’

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KwaraLEARN (Leading Education Achievement and Reform Now), the transformative education program that involves digitizing teaching and learning to improve learning outcomes in public schools, has completed training investigators for a baseline study .

The baseline study aims to determine students’ foundational skills in English, literacy and numeracy prior to the rollout of the full KwaraLEARN intervention.

The training, which took place last week, involved officials from SUBEB, education secretaries from each local education authority, among others, to ensure collaboration and successful implementation of the program .

In addition to improving the capacity of enumerators, the training also strengthened the measurement and evaluation skills of education secretaries, including sampling strategies, the ability to administer assessments effectively (fluidity, ICAN ), to conduct observations using the World Bank’s TEACH tool and knowledge of the different interview protocols with teachers and school heads.

The Kwara State Government has reiterated its desire to provide quality and sound education which will be accessible to the common man in the state. The Executive Chairman of the Universal Basic Education Council of Kwara State, Prof. AbdulRaheem Sheu Adaramaja revealed this during the 2-day training for investigators on the basic study of the school of KwaraLEARN in the Conference Room, Sinclair Hotel, GRA, Ilorin recently.

Adaramaja speaking through the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, KWSUBEB, Mr. Abdulquadri Zakariyau pointed out that “the current administration headed by Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq is committed to making dramatic improvements in learning outcomes of public school children across the state through numerous interventions his administration has undertaken, such as comprehensive school renovations, rehabilitation of dilapidated classrooms, teacher training and retraining, digitization of teaching and learning through KwaraLEARN, among others”.

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The president said the training program for the 68 interviewers selected covers basic assessment to track progress in literacy and numeracy, as well as non-learning related indicators such as pedagogical practices of teachers and the management practices of principals.

Professor Adaramaja added that the baseline assessment will also look at differences in school management, teacher practice and student growth to get first-hand insights before KwaraLEARN takes full control.

In its own words, “the baseline assessment will collect data on the level of literacy and numeracy of students and teachers, as well as through observations and interviews on the attitudes and practices of teachers and headteachers. Furthermore, the evaluation will provide rich performance and contextual data that can be used for comparison with subsequent follow-up studies after the introduction of the KwaraLEARN program. This will allow KwaraLEARN, Kwara SUBEB and other stakeholders to understand and highlight the progress made through the KwaraLEARN program”.

He pointed out that the first phase of the program will start in 4 local governments comprising West Ilorin, South Ilorin, Offa and Baruten local governments respectively.

The president, however, implored enumerators to be objective and factual in carrying out their duties for the program to be successful. Launched in November 2021 by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, KwaraLEARN is a three-year program between 2022 and 2025. It will cover all primary schools in the 16 local government areas of Kwara State with a target of 400,000 students.

The initiative would use innovative technology, data-driven platforms, high-quality learning materials, hands-on training, and ongoing coaching and support for teachers and school administrators. It will also enhance the teacher-student interaction experience through technology (e-learning) and strict adherence to the curriculum.

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