Zambian Education School-based Training (ZEST) Project: Midline Evaluation, May 2021

Gallastegi, Lore; Woodward, Clare and Stutchbury, Kris (2021). Zambian Education School-based Training (ZEST) Project: Midline Evaluation, May 2021. The Open University.



The Open University (OU) and World Vision Zambia (WVZ) are working to deliver Zambian Education School-based Training (ZEST), with funding provided by the Scottish Government.
The aim of the ZEST enhanced Schools-based Continuing Professional Development (SBCPD) programme is to support the Zambian Government in the implementation of the Revised School Curriculum. The curriculum calls for more learner-centred approaches and a focus on the teaching of skills and values alongside knowledge. ZEST supports teachers through a focus on active teaching approaches and collaborative working, working within the existing system of regular teacher group meetings (TGMs) and collaborative planning. The main difference between ZEST and the current SBCPD model, based on the Japanese Lesson Study, is that resources have been provided to support TGMs and demonstration lessons have been replaced by an expectation that all teachers will try out the planned activities in their own lessons and reflect on how they went. Where possible, teachers are encouraged to observe each other informally for short periods of time and provide feedback. Thus, this enhanced School-based Continuing Professional Development (SBCPD) model involves all teachers as active participants.
Working with the Ministry of General Education (MoGE), the project has co-designed and tested resources for use by teachers, school leaders and education officials over a period of 3 years (2018-2021). Each year, the project has worked with a new cohort of approximately 200 teachers, school leaders and officials in a different District. As the finalisation of resources and delivery models comes to an end, the project is moving into its scale-up phase (2021-2022) which aims to reach up to 4000 teachers in 420 schools across 5 Central Province districts.

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