GESCI’s overall objective is to promote learning, knowledge and innovation as key drivers of development. This objective stems from GESCI’s vision of inclusive knowledge societies for all.
One of our key roles is to assist governments and other partners to improve education (in its broad sense) through the innovative use of technology. Our expertise lies in a deep understanding of learning and pedagogy and the use of technology to increase equitable access to education and improve the quality and relevance of learning at all levels and sectors. Our work is carried out at both the policy and implementation levels. We assist our partners develop national or institutional policies and strategies and work with them to implement these policies at the grassroots level. We build our partners’ capacity and capabilities through offering them technical assistance and strategic advice on the use and integration of technology, we promote innovative use of technology to solve their educational challenges and we offer them unparalleled access to global best practices, knowledge and experiences in the areas of ICT in teaching and learning as well as related areas of science, technology and innovation.
On the capacity development front, we focus on developing individual and organisational capabilities while paying close attention to the institutional and wider environment. Our capacity development work is practical and is aimed at developing sustained knowledge, expertise and capabilities of our partners at the local level.
At the individual level our capacity development work targets government officials, teacher educators, teachers and other education practitioners. Our methodologies for individual capacity development involve training, peer learning, development of leadership skills, coaching and working together with our partners on a day-to-day basis.
At the organisational level we develop capacity through:
- Developing policies, strategies and plans including acting as neutral facilitators throughout the development process and providing expert technical and strategic advice;
- Developing and implementing frameworks and models for innovative technology use;
- Advising on appropriate organisational structures and skill sets for effective deployment and integration of technology; and
- Identifying and mobilising resources and funds for implementation of strategies and plans.
The capacity developed enables our partners to stand on their own feet, to make informed decisions and to realise their development objectives in a sustainable way.
Our technical assistance work is aimed at helping our partners come to grips with and effectively use technology to advance their learning and development goals. Often, our technical assistance involves working closely with our partners to implement a policy and strategy that has been developed independently by the partner or together with the partner. Our experts will often be found working in the field with other experts, practitioners, educational planners and managers, teacher educators and teachers. Our technical assistance work includes:
- Determining the most optimal technical solutions, testing/ piloting these solutions while planning for their large scale deployment. Taking into consideration issues of priorities, objectives, capacity, scalability, cost-effectiveness, value and feasibility as part of managing the deployment process.
- Developing teacher competencies to use and integrate technology, working with teacher educators and teachers to redesign existing teacher training curricula and designing and delivering training courses to equip teachers with the required competencies.
- Raising awareness of the different approaches to developing electronic resources, developing country specific strategies linked to resource constraints and capacities, developing content evaluation tools, training teachers on how to identify, select or develop appropriate content for teaching and learning.
- Developing and implementing e-learning, blended, flexible and open learning programmes including advising on institutional setup and management.
- Integrating technology in the curriculum to improve for instance mathematics, science and technology skills.
We promote innovation through the careful use of technology. Our innovation work lies at the intersection between policy, practice and research. For example, GESCI will work with a Ministry to understand a particular challenge (research), develop and implement a test or pilot say in a school together with the teachers (practice) and then monitor and evaluate the programme (research) and feedback the results into the Ministry’s policy. This approach has several advantages; it helps build capacity “in situ” (at the ministry or at the school); it enriches policy by relying on evidence; and it means that we at GESCI “walk the talk” with our partners. Another aspect of our innovation work is devising solutions or providing analytical insight to common challenges usually through research that leads to the development of knowledge products such as frameworks, toolkits, guidelines and analytical reports. The knowledge that GESCI generates also benefits local, regional and global organisations and the global ICT in Education and STI community by informing their own practices and policies.
See examples of our knowledge products in the resources section
Areas of interest
- Teacher professional development
- Leadership development (ALICT)
- Policy and strategy development
- Strategic implementation and project management
- Skills Development
- E-learning: Learning outside the classroom