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Education Development Trust at UKFIET 2017

04 September 2017

Education Development Trust has a long and close relationship with UKFIET, the education and development forum – and in particular, with its biennial conference. This year’s conference takes place once again in Oxford from 5-7 September and Education Development Trust will be playing a key role.

UKFIET brings together universities, non-governmental organisations, consultancy groups and professional associations to share ideas, knowledge and expertise. The conference itself will see practitioners and policymakers alongside researchers and campaigners discussing this year's theme: learning and teaching for sustainable development.

UKFIET: a key event for Education Development Trust



'The UKFIET conference is a key event for us,' explains Susy Ndaruhutse, head of international development at Education Development Trust. 'Several colleagues will be presenting papers as well as co-convening one of the sub-themes and it is really important to us as an organisation that we play a key role in this global conversation: at Education Development Trust, we not only design and deliver successful education programmes, we support governments and aid agencies with specialist and immediate technical assistance and, of course, our work is informed and underpinned by our body of research.'

Sharing specialist expertise



Colleagues from across the organisation will be sharing their expertise during the conference. Kieran Cooke, consultancy programme manager, will be presenting a paper entitled 'Enabling system leaders to drive rapid and sustainable school improvement' with colleagues Emily Ombewa from the Kenya office and Lakshmi Vardhana from the India office. The presentation will share findings from the successful pilots run in low-income settings in both Kenya and India whereby schools are brought together to raise standards overall.

Ian Cosier, HR head and team leader in Brunei, alongside the ministry of education for Brunei, will be showcasing the literacy and numeracy coaching programme that Education Development Trust manages while senior international adviser Ruth Naylor will be presenting a paper on 'including refugees and IDPs: searching for sustainable education solutions in contexts of protracted displacement'.

Principal education consultant Martin Kaliszewski and development analyst Astrid Fieldsend will run a workshop on a paper they have written on Thursday: 'Using student outcome data at local and national level: what can we learn?' and associate Lucy Crehan will be one of a panel discussing 'widening career opportunities available to teachers: a road to enhanced motivation?'

Latest research report: teaching in English



Education Development Trust will also be launching its latest research report on Wednesday 6 September, produced in partnership with The Open University and British Council. The report, Multilingual classrooms: opportunities and challenges for English-medium instruction in low- and middle-income contexts, is highly relevant to the UKFIET audience and two of its authors will be presenting a paper during the conference. The report will be available to download from the website on Wednesday.