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Education resources

These resource materials highlight practical experiences, knowledge and research in education for development.

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Education for development resources

This section contains materials relating to education for development practices and experiences.

What Works Best in Education for Development: A Super Synthesis of the Evidence

Sub-sector and thematic resources

This section contains DFAT learning modules and papers on education-related sub-sectors.

Please note as the learning modules are primarily designed for DFAT staff there are references to DFAT processes, resources and terminologies. Most of the referred resources are or will be available on this site.

The learning modules are at two levels: Foundation and Practitioner. The learning levels refer to participants' stage of learning or level of prior knowledge. They do not necessarily correlate with work level or recognised qualification. As per the definition used by the DFAT Diplomatic Academy:

  • Foundation level provides the fundamental skills and knowledge required by a participant and open to anyone who needs to acquire a solid foundation in a new area.
  • Practitioner level provides the in-depth knowledge and skills required by people working on specific topics, regions or tradecraft areas and best suited to participants wishing to enhance their skills.

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Practitioner level

Education events

Education for Human Development Forum

Canberra 4-5 November 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted an education policy forum entitled Education for Human Development in Canberra on 4 and 5 November 2019. The forum brought together education-for-development managers and practitioners from international organisations, NGOs, the private sector, academia and government to share information and experience. The purpose of the forum was to strengthen Australia's education for development approaches and systems to achieve better education outcomes in our partner countries. 

The forum looked at key global issues in education for development, including emerging evidence, effective and innovative practices, experience on progress towards SDG4 on education and ways to strengthen Australian efforts.

Below are the Forum's overview and key presentations.

  1. Education for Human Development 2019 Forum — Overview [PDF 1 MB] | [Word 70 KB]
  2. Perspectives on Human Capital Development — Daniel Dulitzky, Regional Director for Human Development East Asia Pacific, World Bank [PDF 805 KB] | [PPTX 1.5 MB]
  3. From A Learning Target for A Learning Revolution — Toby Linden, Lead Education Specialist, World Bank [PDF 1.8 MB] | [PPTX 6.5 MB]
  4. Innovation for Indonesia’s School Children (INOVASI): ‘PDIA’ for Improved Learning Outcomes — Nikolasia Budiman, Program Manager Basic Education, DFAT Jakarta Post [PDF 2.4 MB] | [PPTX 6.6 MB]
  5. Early Childhood Development in the Pacific: Lessons from the PEARL Program — Dr Wendy Jarvie, Adjunct Professor Public Service Research Group, School of Business University of NSW Canberra [PDF 2.9 MB]
  6. The marked trend of education in emergencies and conflict in the Asia-Pacific region — Nora Charif Chefchaouni, Senior Education Advisor, Save the Children [PDF 1.6 MB]
  7. Evaluation of Teacher Training in Timor-Leste — Are We Making A Difference? — Troy Skaleskog, First Secretary, DFAT Dili Post [PDF 3.5 MB]
  8. Advancing EdTech Innovation & Research — All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development — Meron Menwyelet, Program Manager All Children Reading, World Vision [PDF 2.9 MB]
  9. Improving Early Childhood Nutrition in Indonesia: A Behavioural “Nudge” Approach — Lisa Hannigan, Director Social Protection DFAT [PDF 970 KB] | [PPTX 3.4 MB]
  10. Gender and disability inclusion in early childhood and education — the NGO experience — Nicole Roger, Program Manager ECCD & Education, Plan International; Sally Baker, Disability Inclusion Specialist, CBM; Beth Sprunt, Consultant in Disability Inclusion, CBM; and Karen Heinicke-Motsch, Senior Disability Inclusion Adviser, CBM [PDF 2.7 MB]
  11. Innovative Support for Teachers in Using New Grade 1 Curriculum in Lao PDR — Davone Bounpheng, Program Manager Education, DFAT Vientiane Post [PDF 820 KB] | [PPTX 2.1 MB]
  12. Improving young children’s learning in economically developing countries: What works, why and where? — Dr Petra Lietz, Principal Research Fellow, Australian Council for Education Research [PDF 2.4 MB] | [PPTX 14.7 MB]
  13. Vanuatu Primary Education Curriculum Reform: Roll-Out of a Multilingual Approach in Education — Christelle Thieffry, Senior Program Manager, DFAT Port Vila Post [PDF 520 KB] | [PPTX 420 KB]
  14. Exploring education innovations in PNG — Jessica Hampton, Education Advisor, ChildFund Australia [PDF 2.4 MB]
  15. SKILLS: Are we doing enough to prepare students for jobs — Denise O’Brien, Executive Director International Development, TAFE Queensland [PDF 2.6 MB]
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