What is innovation?
Innovation is not just about new technologies. Innovation in education can be translated into processes, services, programs and partnerships. To be perfectly innovative, an intervention should:
- improve learning, equity and systems;
- solve a real problem in a simple and clear way (following a request);
- to be of the same magnitude as the problem it is trying to solve.
Some innovations capitalize on new technologies. This is the case, for example, in some hard-to-reach areas in Sudan where mathematics classes for children have been downloaded on tablets using open source software, or in Peru where text messages have been used on phones. to identify bottlenecks that affect the quality of education provided to marginalized children.
Sometimes, the creativity and experience of some communities are honored, as illustrated by the program in Ghana that uses play to support children’s learning and development.
Many innovators are already working in schools, classrooms, communities or within civil society organizations. UNICEF is working to identify them, publicize their actions, negotiate partnerships with them and thus improve the lives of the most marginalized children.
UNICEF, an accelerator for innovation
UNICEF is uniquely positioned to lead the way in innovation in education.
Present in 190 countries, UNICEF can leverage its resources and international reach to find new avenues for innovation, learn from its activities and share best practices. We are able to adapt and expand interventions and successful approaches to reach the most marginalized children and thus improve the learning of all.
UNICEF’s approach to innovation in education is based on five pillars:
- tracking – identifying promising innovations for education;
- analysis – selecting projects that build on experience and operate in a sustainable and cost-effective manner;
- incubation – provide technical assistance, funding and support for these innovative projects
evaluation – evaluate the results and impacts of projects;
- sharing lessons learned – whether the projects have been successful or not.
UNICEF continues to work with partners to identify, analyze and incubate innovative and promising projects.
In 2014, for example, in conjunction with the Center for Educational Innovation of the R4D, we selected a first group of innovations to initiate changes in education systems and their systems. practice.
Learn more about the Humanitarian Education Accelerator , a partnership between UNICEF, DFID and UNHCR, which responds to education in emergencies through innovation. This program supports innovative teams by providing resources for assessment, mentoring, and the opportunity to leverage additional resources or build new partnerships.