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The Imperative to Transform Education. Amy Christen October 5, 2009. About 115 million children of primary school age are not currently enrolled in school. [1] Cohen & Bloom, Cultivating Minds. . Most are illiterate and live in absolute poverty; . the majority are female.

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the imperative to transform education

The Imperative to Transform Education

Amy Christen

October 5, 2009


About 115 million children of primary school age are not currently enrolled in school.

[1] Cohen & Bloom, Cultivating Minds.


Most are illiterate and live in absolute poverty;

the majority are female.

[1] Cohen & Bloom, Cultivating Minds.


Of school-age children who enter primary school in developing countries, more than one in four drops out before attaining literacy.

World Bank 2002


“Higher levels of education leads to improved child health, lower crime rates and lower welfare expenditures.”

Bowles, Gintis and Groves (2005) Unequal Chances: Family Background and Economic Success

learning is important to individuals and society and increasingly so
Learning Is Important To Individuals and Society –and Increasingly So

Learning activity in older age can protect against cognitive decline and dementia


  • Better vacations
  • Pensions
  • Experience better health

Better Benefits

  • Earn more
  • More pleasant jobs
  • Are more productive

Better Jobs

Higher Education Levels

the case for change
The Case for Change

% Employers Think 21st Century Skills Will Be More Important in Graduates over Next 5 Years*

“The best employers the world over will be looking for the most creative, most innovative people on the face of the earth.”



Teamwork/ Collaboration

IT Application

Tough Choices for Tough Times, 2007

Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving

Results refer to US 2-year college and technical diploma graduates, but are similar for hs and 4-year college graduatesSource: National Council on Economic Education, Tough Choices or Tough Times?—The Report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, Washington, 2007; Workforce Readiness Project, 2006.

the short life of the 21 st century job
The Short Life Of The 21st Century Job
  • Today’s learners will have 10-14 jobs by the time they are 38
  • 1 of 4 workers today is working for a company at which they have been employed for less than a year[1]

[1]US Department of Labor.

we need a new approach to learning
We Need A New Approach To Learning
  • Peer learning is important and networks of skilled people are essential to economic and social progress
  • Your learning impacts mine, together we will be productive
  • Not only within communities, but across countries

I really need help with my upcoming exam…

I’ll email my friend Charlie at Cisco …maybe he can help

from security guard to data officer
From Security Guard to Data Officer

"There is a huge demand for skilled IT people in Kenya and I would advise everyone who is seeking a technical career in IT to pursue Cisco courses.”

Elizabeth Ndegwa, Kenya

personalized learning
Personalized Learning
  • Individualised to the preferences and capabilities of the learner
  • Linked to stage, not age
  • Objective-based, not time-based learning
  • Decouplinglearning from age groups sets the conditions for genuine lifelong learning
personalized learning18
Personalized Learning


Best in Global Content

Learner in Control

  • Seamless switching between devices, between institutions, geographically and throughout life

Student manages their own learning from active and passive sourcese.g. YouTube

Authored and delivered by leading experts and teachers - to the learner where and when they need it

broadcast learning vs interactive learning

Learner centered

  • Teacher-centered
  • One-size-fits-one
  • One-size-fits-all
  • Instruction: learning about
  • Discovery: learning to be
  • Individualistic learning
  • Collaborative learning
Broadcast Learning vs. Interactive Learning



Grown Up Digital 2009

education wef global education initiative
Education: WEF/Global Education Initiative

Partnering with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and UNESCO…

  • Partnerships for Education:
    • Methodologies, best practices, and actionable frameworks
  • Began 2003 in Jordan with JEI
    • 100 Discovery schools (80K students)
    • E-curricula (Math, Arabic, ICT, Science, EFT, Civics)
  • Impact on Jordan
    • PISA 2006 scores increased by 40pts
    • Instrument for increased innovation
    • Mobilization of resources, influx of tech.
  • Success Factors
    • Leadership, Country vision, International partners
  • Now in Egypt and the Indian stateof Rajasthan
21st century school initiative 21s
21st Century School Initiative (21s)

Louisiana/ Mississippi USA

  • Education 3.0 initiative to create sustainable, scalable and replicable model for education transformation
  • Three year, launched October 2005
  • 8 districts, 50 schools
  • More than 30,000 students have been impacted
  • Education Development Center (EDC) has documented improvements
cisco networking academy
Cisco Networking Academy

Entry Level Networking Skills Education

Focus: Individuals and Underserved Communities

165+ Countries

750,000+ students/year

2.7 Million+ students over 12 years

Large andGlobal

Students: age, gender (19%), and

challenging circumstances

Communities: mature and developing countries


Students and





Universities, community colleges, vocational schools, secondary schools, non-profit organizations, second chance.

guidelines for a new generation
Guidelines for a New Generation

Continue your education

Be patient at work

Don’t buy bad products

Balance social contact

Don’t discount experience

Aspire to live a principled life

Don’t give up

new york city ischool
New York City iSchool
  • A research and development project aimed at innovating secondary school practices to better prepare students for college and careers in the 21st century global economy
  • Equipped with video conferencing, virtual desktop program…all students have laptops
  • Early success indicators
    • 22% of students passed the Global Studies Regents exam after 5 months of instruction
    • 1500 applications for 150 spaces for 2010
    • 94% attendance