Building a South-South coalition on foundational learning through education exchange and evidence synthesis
The South-South Programme is a collaborative initiative united by a coalition of partners, including the FCDO and its What Works Hub, the Lemann Foundation, Lemann Center of Leadership and Equity in Education, Lemann Foundation Programme at the Blavatnik School of Government, alongside two prominent organizations from Kenya and Pakistan, Zizi Afrique and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agahi. The primary objective of this effort is to generate valuable global resources, comprising evidence-based insights and tools, tailored for education policymakers in Global South nations, in collaboration with their counterparts in civil society and the international community
"Build unlikely coalitions” has become one of the emerging mottos of the Blavatnik School in recent years. Recently, it was on full display several thousand miles away, as 30 educational leaders from Kenya and Pakistan descended on northeast Brazil. They comprise the first cohort of a new programme formally called “Building a South-South coalition on foundational learning through education exchange and evidence synthesis” (or the South-South Programme, for short).” By JOÃO PEDRO CALEIRO| WRITER-RESEARCHER,"
"One of the most significant undertakings of the LFP this past year was the South-South Programme, a collaboration with the Lemann Centre in Sobral supported by the Education Development Trust (EDT) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)" Blavatnik School of Government and Lemann Foundation"


A Fellowship program

The aim is to establish and enhance channels for educational leaders hailing from Global South regions to share insights, best practices, and experiences related to building impactful alliances aimed at driving educational reform and enhancing foundational learning outcomes.
The program will employ the following key strategies to facilitate the exchange of educational knowledge among leaders from the Global South:
  • Introduction of a fellowship initiative
  • Promotion of educational reform coalitions
  • Development of a comprehensive repository of global public resources
  • Enhancement of foundational learning outcomes
  • Creation of an international network across border

Objectives of the South-South Fellows, Pakistan Cohort

The Fellows from Pakistan have collaboratively established a shared vision to work towards the overarching objective of ‘Enabling Universal Access to Quality Education for All Children.’ This goal is in line with Indicator 4.1.1(a) of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4), which focuses on:

The percentage of children in grades 2 and 3 who attain a minimum proficiency level in both reading and mathematics

South South Program

Consensus Document

Building a National Consensus for Assessment of Foundational Learning in Pakistan

A two day consultation (May 31 – June 1, 2023) was held in Islamabad, co-hosted by the Pakistan Institute of Education (PIE)/Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training (MoFE&PT), Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (FBISE) &  Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA)

Produce a library of global public goods

Produce a library of global public goods in the form of evidence, tools, and free learning resources that equip leaders in Global South countries to effectively lead reforms and scale innovations that improve foundational learning outcomes. These will be tested with the Fellows group and developed through extensive feedback, to ensure outputs that are high-quality, easily accessible, and relevant to the needs of policymakers and civil society leaders. Some of the global public goods will also be based on work led by Fellows themselves. They will amplify the impact of the Fellowship program so that global goods will reach many more education leaders. The curriculum for the Fellowship will itself also be a global public good so that it can be freely shared and used by education leaders, replicated and adapted by other organizations in other countries and contexts.

Invite use of global goods among educators and education policymakers in a cross-country network

Invite use of global goods among educators and education policymakers in a cross-country network of large middle-income countries in the Global South so that they have ecosystems of leaders who positively impact the global learning crisis. The network will sustain the effects of the Fellowship program by allowing them to keep learning with their peers. We will develop and grow a range of channels to distribute free global goods with a much larger audience of leaders beyond our Fellows. This will support future production and distribution of global goods.
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