Practical, locally relevant education improves outcomes.
Local efforts by educators and community leaders which foster practical, relevant learning for marginalized children living in poverty show real promise for creating lasting change. These innovators often struggle to get the needed support to develop, refine, sustain, and grow their local solutions.
Administrative costs of traditional larger donor agencies and foundations can prevent them from supporting new and emerging initiatives. It is simply too costly to provide large numbers of small grants, and so they look to support organizations that can absorb and deliver on grants of $500,000 or more. This creates a vacuum for local education entrepreneurs who want to test new concepts, not yet ready for scale. Annual and one off grants are also not reliable enough to sustain innovative work.
Small, multiple year grants, mentoring and networking make an impact.
Beyond financial grants, many of our early stage education partners require other types of support which may or may not be available to them. Mentoring and technical support is needed in multiple fields, including strategy and financial planning, resource mobilization, evaluation design and implementation, amongst others. Networks to share concepts among peers and to learn from experts are invaluable.
Newly developed learning strategies can be spread by leveraging the Internet and open source technology.