Our Focus on Bangladesh
EdTech Hub develops and delivers evidence in EdTech. We work in partnership with researchers and stakeholders to find solutions to education challenges. Our topic areas include: Data for Decisions, Digital Personalised Learning (DPL), Girls’ Education & Technology, Participation & Messaging and Teacher Continuous Professional Development (TCPD).
In Bangladesh, we focus on Data for Decisions, Digital Personalised Learning (DPL), Participation & Messaging and Teacher Continuous Professional Development (TCPD).
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EdTech Hub activities in Bangladesh
One of the most densely populated countries in the world, Bangladesh has made impressive strides in improving access to education.
The government remains committed to improving the quality of education and applying Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in all spheres of public life to build a ‘Digital Bangladesh’. The Ministry of Education’s Master Plan for ICT in Education in Bangladesh 2012–2021 seeks to revolutionise the education system through the use of ICT and promoting technology-based teaching and learning.
In 2022, with the ongoing pandemic and intermittent school closures, the importance of digitalisation and tech-enabled blended learning remain paramount.
Within this context, EdTech Hub in Bangladesh is committed to explore opportunities to generate evidence for technology-enabled education in Bangladesh and to work together with ecosystem stakeholders for evidence uptake, to ensure all children experience quality learning opportunities, not just some.
Data for Decisions
What is Data for Decisions? Technology to advance data use and decision-making.
The challenge facing the education sector: Education systems often lack data, or struggle to apply what it tells them, when making choices about how to allocate resources or developing policy. This contributes to inefficiencies which tend to affect the most marginalised students and their learning disproportionately.
And so we ask: How can technology be used to improve data collection, analysis and planning to improve learning outcomes?
- Monitoring distance education: In July 2020, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) requested support from the EdTech Hub Helpdesk to help the Government of Bangladesh begin exploring options to monitor distance education. The scope of the support was to also provide guidance on putting in place systems that would be able to support better monitoring of national distance education programmes. This brief has been developed in response to that request.
Digital Personalised Learning (DPL)
What is Digital Personalised Learning? Technology to support personalised learning and teaching at the level of the student.
The challenge facing the education sector: Teaching is often not targeted at the level of the student. Classes have wide ranging learning levels. Many students do not learn effectively, becoming disengaged.
And so we ask: How can technology be used to maximise the effectiveness of personalised learning and teaching at the level of the student?
- Covid-19 grant: Interactive Voice Response (IVR): EdTech Hub has provided a Covid-19 grant to Monash University to conduct a research study, which uses a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) to evaluate an intervention in Bangladesh that supports distance learning of primary school-aged children via basic feature phones.
Participation & Messaging
What is Participation & Messaging? Technology to promote participation in school.
The challenge facing the education sector: A significant number of children are out of school worldwide and this situation has been exacerbated by the impact of Covid-19. Many of the most marginalised who were previously enrolled in schools are at risk of never returning.
And so we ask: How can nudge technologies and messaging apps be used to re-engage students, reduce the number of out-of-school children, and improve learning outcomes?
- Bangladesh back-to-school campaign: The EdTech Hub developed a topic brief identifying best practices from previous back-to-school campaigns following disruptions to support the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME) and Directorate of Primary Education as they began considering how best to prepare education stakeholders to return to schools.
- A Theory of Change for a Technology-Enhanced Education System: EdTech Hub worked with the government and other stakeholders to rapidly create a theory of change for support provided to learners within the emerging technology-enhanced education system in Bangladesh.
- Covid-19 grant – Access to technology for children living in urban slums: EdTech Hub provided a Covid-19 grant to Beyond Peace, Dhaka University for a study, which sought to answer the two research questions: (i) What is the current state of children’s educational technological devices in Korail slum to participate in education? (ii) What are some of the underlying factors influencing the access children have to these devices?
- A Theory of Change for Parents and Caregivers Towards a Technology Enhanced Education System in Bangladesh
Teacher Continuous Professional Development (TCPD)
What is Teacher Continuous Professional Development? Ongoing, in-service teacher professional development, structured pedagogy, and technology.
The challenge facing the education sector: Teacher quality is the most important determinant of learning outcomes at school level. Teachers are often either unqualified, or unsupported by good quality professional development.
And so we ask: How can technology be used to enhance teacher effectiveness through in-service TCPD and structured pedagogy?
- A Theory of Change for a Technology-Enhanced Education System: EdTech Hub is working with the government and other stakeholders to create a theory of change for support provided to teachers within the emerging technology-enhanced education system in Bangladesh.
Other EdTech Topics
- Country-level Research Review: EdTech in Bangladesh: This review provides an overview of EdTech research in, and about, Bangladesh, in order to understand the opportunities for carrying out further research in the country, including how EdTech Hub can collaborate most effectively with researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.
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EdTech Hub supports education decision-makers to incorporate the latest globally informed, locally relevant knowledge and evidence into choices related to EdTech.
FCDO Education Advisers, World Bank staff and UNICEF staff who work closely with ministries of education in low- and middle-income countries can request and receive short-term, discrete support from the EdTech Hub Helpdesk.
We work with requesters to support the “what” and “how” of EdTech-enabled approaches. We seek approaches that are evidence-based, contextually appropriate, realistic to implement, and cost-effective.
If you can’t submit a Helpdesk request, you can still get answers. We’ve summarised the findings from previous Helpdesk requests for you to explore.