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A New Approach to Improving Secondary Education in Africa and Asia
Millions of children are attending primary school in Africa and Asia thanks to the universal education movement. But these students are struggling to get a meaningful education at the secondary level because of limited access, poor quality teaching, and curricula that are out of sync with labor market needs.
A group of donors came together in 2012 to catalyze change through the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE). The PSIPSE approach is anchored in a strong belief that its efforts must be led by local stakeholders, spurred by knowledge, and based on a deep understanding of the country context.
As of today, the PSIPSE has committed over $50 million in grants to support projects in eight countries in Africa and Asia that are launching innovations to improve secondary education or are studying and sharing promising solutions. Mathematica Policy Research works with the PSIPSE as a partner in thought leadership, evaluation, and learning. This includes conducting independent analyses of the PSIPSE’s work. Our recently released brief, “Catalyzing Change in Secondary Education in Africa and India,” shares the PSIPSE’s approach to creating change in secondary education; presents a monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework; and provides ideas on how to strengthen the initiative.
The PSIPSE Approach
Helping marginalized youth access high quality, relevant secondary education
- Assess country context—challenges, opportunities, and local stakeholders
- Search for innovative solutions to secondary education challenges
- Help grantees test and scale solutions
- Advance learning through monitoring and evaluation, research, and sharing of evidence
- Promote scale-up and systemic change through outreach to policymakers and key stakeholders
Read more about Mathematica’s work to support PSIPSE.
Photo credit: Jennifer Huxta and The MasterCard Foundation
The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education
PSIPSE is a multidonor collaborative that works in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. Mathematica supports the collaborative in implementing the monitoring framework and preparing briefs and presentations to share PSIPSE’s vision.
Policies and Programs to Improve Secondary Education in Developing Countries: A Review of the Evidence
This white paper summarizes rigorous evidence on approaches to increasing participation, improving learning, and enhancing the relevance of secondary education in developing countries. It should be of particular interest to policymakers and implementers seeking to improve secondary school enrollment,...
The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE): 2016 Monitoring Results
This report summarizes the results of the 2016 monitoring effort conducted by Mathematica Policy Research for the Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE). It provides a snapshot of (1) grantee progress on implementing secondary education interventions and reaching...