Focus to Flourish: A Messaging Campaign on Five Actions to Accelerate Progress in Learning
Now that most children are in school, the world’s focus must shift to learning, which requires fundamental changes in our approach to education. RISE has formulated five actions and a set of resources to help put every country’s education system on a path to universal early foundational learning and subsequent educational goals.
Through a seven-week messaging campaign starting on 24 October 2022, this page will feature weekly toolkits, each focusing on a different aspect of the five actions to accelerate progress in learning.
Despite great efforts worldwide to improve education, and some notable successes, most of the developing world is still experiencing a severe learning crisis in which learning levels are low and, in some cases, worsening. What can we do?
The five actions
A commitment to universal early conceptual and procedural mastery of foundational skills in literacy and numeracy is an ambitious and forward-looking goal: if children do not gain foundational learning in the short term, they cannot attain more complex educational goals in the long term. But learning for all will require all for learning; education systems must fully commit to foundational learning as a central purpose.
Measure learning reliably, regularly, and relevantly
Education systems collect detailed data on enrolments and inputs, yet many do not use data on student learning to inform policy and improve instruction. It's crucial to measure learning over time starting early in school.
Align systems around learning commitments
In many contexts, the curriculum is misaligned with children’s learning levels— such that classroom lessons cater to the most advantaged children. Curriculum, exams, and teacher instruction are often poorly aligned. To move beyond these misalignments, there are four principles for Aligning Levels of Instruction with Goals and the Needs of Students (ALIGNS).
In many education systems, neither teacher training nor teacher compensation structures support teaching that cultivates student learning. It's crucial to reform teacher careers to attract, retain, and motivate quality teaching.
Adapt what you adopt as you implement
When programmes are implemented without enough adaptation or iteration, even a technically well-designed programme may have no impact. Embrace adaptation and iteration as the key to success.
- Slide deck [PDF]
- Policy paper - launching week commencing 5 December!
- Policy brochure - coming soon!
Weekly social media toolkits
Each week, we'll be sharing resources relating to a different aspect of the campaign. Download the weekly toolkits below as .zip files or follow the conversation on Twitter via our hashtag, #FromSchoolingToLearning.
- Week 1 Toolkit - 24 October: Introduction: the learning crisis and the Focus to Flourish campaign
- Week 2 Toolkit - 31 October: Commit to universal, early foundational learning
- Week 3 Toolkit - 7 November: Measure learning regularly, reliably, and relevantly
- Week 4 Toolkit - 14 November: Align systems around learning commitments
- Week 5 Toolkit - 21 November: Support teaching
- Week 6 Toolkit - 28 November: Adapt what you adopt as you implement
- Week 7 Toolkit - 5 December: Introducing the RISE policy paper and five actions recap
- 25 October, 15:00 BST: The Role of Purpose in Driving Change in Education Systems
- 15 November 2022, 14:00 and 15:30 GMT: Teaching and Teachers in Education Systems
- RISE Research on Supporting Teaching at 14:00 GMT
- Launch of the RISE Teacher Norms Project at 15:30 GMT
- 6 December 2022, 14:00 GMT: Using Learning Trajectories to Measure Foundational Learning
The next few months will also see 13 activities and events run by RISE's Community of Practice across 10 countries (in Argentina, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, and Tanzania). See our Community of Practice events page for further details.