Five Big Steps to Sustainable Change: Establishing Partnerships with Ministries of Education

21st January 2020

Discovery Education Whitepaper

“To achieve a persistent vision, part of the approach might be associated with building partnerships, coalitions and cooperation.... Increasingly, countries are recognizing that the private sector is key to timely and effective development and our industry partners...”
- Theme Statement, Education World Forum, 2020

The Challenge of Sustainable Change

As nations work to improve their education systems to better prepare students for an increasingly complex and competitive world, they face many operational and programmatic challenges. Nations must grapple with fundamental issues such as identifying funding sources, providing safe, clean facilities, building educator capacity, and providing adequate instructional resources. Many nations know they must improve their curriculum and instructional programs in order to provide an innovative, forward-thinking education that prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in a global economy. Yet, the breadth of challenges can be so daunting that visions of systemic change too often go unrealized. Without coordinated support, the myriad of organizations involved in these efforts - non-profits, international agencies, inter- and intra- government collaborations, and ministries of education - oftentimes face bureaucratic challenges that exacerbate the factors that impede change.

Jaime Saavedra, Global Director of the Education Global Practice at the World Bank Group and former Minister of Education of Peru, contends that there are several critical factors to successful education reform: well-designed policies and programs; quality and commitment of the workforce; and a common vision for education reform amongst all stakeholder groups, including policy makers, executives, unions, businesses, teachers, and parents (Saavedra, 2017). Similarly, Andreas Schleicher posits that large-scale education improvements require broad support from policy makers, capacity development, proper governance, use of performance data, continuous improvement loops, and comprehensive approaches to reform (Schleicher, 2018).

At Discovery Education, we have found that sustainable change occurs when the right combination of partners collaborate in the right sequence. Our ”Big Five” Steps can be entered at any point in a process, but the overall effort is most effective when a Ministry is considering large scale change.

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