TaRL Conference 2018
The TaRL Conference was held from 26–27 September 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Education stakeholders from across Africa gathered to discuss the TaRL approach and celebrate the launch of the TaRL website.
On day 1 of the conference, participants discussed ways to strengthen systems and improve TaRL programme implementation. On conference day 2, participants learned about moving to scale and engaged in a number of group activities aimed at building collaboration.
From left: Dr. Sara Ruto (PAL Network), Emily Cupito (J-PAL Africa), and Usha Rane (Pratham) discuss the role of assessment during a panel at the TaRL Conference.
“Finding people with a common vision has helped make this a movement around the world”
Usha Rane, Pratham
Conference Agenda: Highlights and Presentations
Click on a tab to see the session speakers and download the presentations. Have questions about the sessions? Email [email protected]
Opening address by Laura Poswell and Usha Rane
Laura Poswell (J-PAL Africa) and Usha Rane (Pratham) opened the conference with an introduction to J-PAL and Pratham. Ashleigh Morrell and Kim Tichmann (both J-PAL Africa) led a quick activity to highlight conference participants’ contributions to TaRL programmes across Africa.
Lessons from the TaRL Evidence
Ashleigh Morrell (J-PAL Africa) explained the evidence behind the TaRL approach.
TaRL Website Reveal
Ashleigh Morrell and Kim Tichmann (both J-PAL Africa) launched the TaRL website, a platform to learn about the TaRL approach, share ideas, and receive updates about TaRL in Africa.
Assessment: Shifting the focus to learning progress
A panel discussion with Dr. Sara Ruto (PAL Network), Usha Rane (Pratham), and Emily Cupito (J-PAL Africa). The session was moderated by Devyani Pershad (Pratham). Before the session, participants practiced assessing each other’s reading skills using an English version of the ASER tool.
Teaching at the Right Level: a presentation by Dr. Rukmini Banerji
Dr. Rukmini Banerji, CEO of Pratham, dialled in to explain the background of Pratham’s TaRL Approach and how to shift education systems from focusing on schooling for all to emphasising learning for all.
From Evidence to Action: the government perspective
A panel discussion with representatives from Kenya, Botswana, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire, moderated by Laura Poswell (J-PAL Africa).
- Angela Tsheole (Botswana Ministry of Basic Education)
- Cynthia Efua Bosumtwi-Sam (National Inspectorate Board, Ministry of Education, Ghana)
- Habat Abdi (Ministry of Education, Kenya)
- Mahuba Hazemba (Ministry of General Education, Zambia)
- Raoul Kone (Côte d’Ivoire Ministry of Education)
(click on a name to download the presentation)
Day 1 Parallel sessions
Parallel sessions diving into key components related to TaRL:
- Recruitment, retention, and motivation of tutors and volunteers: Moitshepi Matsheng (Young 1ove), Jacqui Boulle (After School Game Changer, Western Cape Government), Fredrick Abungu (Evidence Action), and Joyce Jumpah (IPA Ghana).
- Supporting teachers through mentoring and coaching: Chavi Jain (Pratham), Sandra Ndhlovu (VVOB – education for development Zambia), Dr. Stephen Taylor (Department of Basic Education, South Africa).
- How community engagement can strengthen programme delivery: Meera Tendolkar (Pratham) and Nobuhiro Kunieda (JICA).
To download slides (if available), click on a presenter’s name.
Developing Effective Monitoring Systems
The Challenges of Working at Scale: what have we learned?
Devyani Pershad (Pratham), Ben Simuyandi (J-PAL Africa/IPA Zambia), and Margaret Mapata (Zambia Ministry of General Education) discussed challenges and lessons from their own experiences of scaling up TaRL programmes.
Continued Learning: Day 2 parallel sessions
- Lessons from TCAI and lessons to come from STARS, a presentation by Dr. Adrienne Lucas (University of Delaware)
- Process monitoring: what data to collect and how it can inform decision making, a presentation by Emily Cupito (J-PAL Africa)
- Innovative ways of collecting data, a presentation by Samantha Bastian (Evidence Action)
Slides will be uploaded as they become available – click on a name to view a slide.
Discussion: identifying better ways to work together
The aim of the session was to identify ways to effectively collaborate to build and strengthen TaRL across Africa. Ashleigh Morrell (J-PAL Africa) facilitated this interactive collaboration session. Participants reflected on the roles of education stakeholders at different stages of an education programme. They shared their reflections with the goal of working towards a shared understanding of what each stakeholder contributes.
Closing: reflections and outstanding questions
John Floretta (J-PAL Global) and Devyani Pershad (Pratham) reflected on the field visits and conference and invited participants to ask questions.
TaRL Field Visits
From 24-25 September, participants from organisations and education ministries across Africa visited Zambia and Botswana to see TaRL in Action.
Read a reflection on the Catch Up field visits on the TRECC website.
Read about the Botswana field visits on Young 1ove’s blog and see the video below.