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FHI 360 project wins innovation prize for middle school work in Senegal

September 20, 2012

An FHI 360 project was recently awarded the Innovating Secondary Education for Skills Enhancement (ISESE) Prize for its groundbreaking work in Senegalese middle schools. This prize was issued by Results for Development (R4D) and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and ASHOKA Changemakers. It recognizes FHI 360’s innovative 21st-century middle schools model, which brings together an improved and more relevant curriculum, state-of-the-art teaching methods, information and communications technology (ICT), student-based governance and private-sector involvement to reach more than 93,000 students and 4,500 teachers in Senegal.

The Senegal Basic Education Project is implemented in partnership with Senegal’s Ministry of Education and is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. It was selected for its cost-effectiveness, sustainability and potential for scale-up. R4D’s jury emphasized the project’s attention to sustainability, highlighting the use of existing institutions and educational infrastructure. FHI 360’s education experts are working with the Senegalese private sector to establish a foundation that funds lasting innovations for PreK–12 education and out-of-school youth.

R4D’s prize will allow the project to sponsor once again the “ICT Oscars,” a showcase of schools and teachers that best utilize ICT to support teaching, learning and school management. To demonstrate a continuing commitment to improving learning outcomes in Senegal, FHI 360 and other private-sector donors will also recognize students for their innovative work using ICT.