CLEAR-AA hosts a seminar on Improving Education Outcomes in collaboration with Zenex Foundation and Trialogue

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CLEAR AA hosted a seminar on the 13th of June to present a research paper on: What works and what doesn’t: A meta-analysis of South African education intervention. The research paper was authored by Khotso Tsotsotso and Neissan Besharati from CLEAR-AA.  Neissan Besharati presented the research paper followed by a panel discussion led by Mary Metcalfe and Brian Whittaker. Mary Metcalfe is an education professor at WITS University and a chair of the Education Support Programme Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations (OFS). Brian Whittaker is the former CEO of the Business Trust and a member of South Africa’s Human Resource Development Council. He serves on the boards of a number of organizations focused on promoting social and economic development.

Some of the attendees of the seminar included CSI and development managers from Zenex foundation, USAID, Genesis Analytics, Vodacom and Old Mutual, Liberty, Discovery, Kagiso Trust, Researchers, Evaluators and Education Sponsors.

The purpose of the seminar was to bring together investors and key stakeholders to have an open discussion on educational interventions in South Africa. The seminar addressed various challenges that educational interventions face and discussed ways of tackling these challenges. The key outcomes from the seminar include:

  • The need to design education evaluations with policy and long term goals in mind in order to ensure that the interventions are sustainable and applicable for large scale benefit.
  • The importance of considering different contexts in planning evaluations because of the significant role they play in the results outcome as well as the comparability of the results.

For more information about the seminar and the research paper, contact Khotso.tsotsotso@wits.ac.za and Neissan.besharati@wits.ac.za.

| by: Kgothatso Mamabolo