Link Community Development

Improving the quality of education in Africa

woreda school improvement project

Link supported implementation of the Ministry of Education’s School Improvement Programme (SIP), which forms part of the General Education Quality Improvement Package. We aligned our work with the government’s SIP in order to generate learning which is applicable to government frameworks. Excitingly, the SIP and Link have very similar aims and processes, and there are clear areas where our organisational learning can add value.  


Funder: Equitable Trust and DFID

Total funding: £55,521

Date: 2011-2013

The Challenge

Link’s vision is a poverty-free Ethiopia, in which all children can develop their potential for better life opportunities. However, in Ethiopia only 46% of children completed primary education, the quality of which is poor. The Ministry of Education’s School Improvement Programme (SIP), which forms part of the General Education Quality Improvement Package, was designed to address this, but schools and woredas were struggling to make the School Improvement Programme (SIP) meaningful and practical.

Project Aims

  1. The project was designed to contribute to improved livelihoods for disadvantaged communities in Ethiopia through improved quality of education delivery and active engagement between education service providers and local people. The ultimate objective was better basic education delivery in Wolaita Zone of SNNPRS through:
  2. Improved school effectiveness as centres of learning and community development
  3. Accurate and appropriately analysed data available to drive prioritisation and influence policy for school improvement
  4. Improved participation of parents in reviewing school performance data, planning for improvements, and holding schools to account
  5. More effective planning and coordination of Woreda outputs to schools and more effective supervision of schools by 4 Woreda education offices
  6. Better dissemination of school performance data with school communities, school clusters, district, regional and national government.

Project Activities

  1. Train School Improvement Committees
  2. Annual data collection to capture school performance information against MOE indicators
  3. Learner core subject tests
  4. Analyse data and produce reports for every community, cluster, woreda
  5. Annual School Performance Appraisal Meetings (SPAM) in every community
  6. Collaborative development of School Improvement Plans
  7. Cluster / woreda SPAM to develop higher level plans / agree budget priorities
  8. Teacher, director, PTA, HIV/AIDS training to address gaps identified
  9. Education conferences / newsletters to showcase findings
  10. Woreda management meetings to ensure responsiveness / monitor impact of plans
  11. Annual woreda planning workshops
  12. Reflection papers and regional / federal workshops to disseminate policy innovations

Headline Achievements

  • 356 schools participated in data collection and held School Performance Appraisal Meetings (SPAM) to discuss the schools’ strengths and weaknesses and to develop participatory School Improvement Plans.
  • 1225 School Improvement Committee members trained and supported to develop School Improvement Plans.
  • 1174 teachers received continuous professional development training in Maths, English and Science.
  • 349 school Directors received leadership training.
  • 1138 school and community stakeholders received HIV & AIDS Action Planning training.
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