An education initiative supported through a Coffey-managed UK government grant fund has won the Global Development Network’s award for most innovative development project, beating 270 other submissions.
The project, called “Broad Class – Listen to Learn,” ran for 18 months, from 2014 to 2015, and focused on improving enrolment and education amongst school children in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. It combined radio broadcasts with interactive classroom activities that covered numeracy, writing and speaking skills.
The project was implemented by the Pakistani Power99 Foundation, and reached 8860 children in 165 schools. Nearly 600 teachers and government officials were trained in the use of radio as a learning tool.
The Power99 Foundation received funding for the project though the District Delivery Challenge Fund. The fund, which Coffey is running on behalf of the UK government, finances projects that find new ways of delivering basic services to communities. It is part of a larger program aimed at improving governance at the provincial and district levels so that governments are more responsive to citizens’ needs. This is the first time that a demand driven innovation fund is being used as part of a governance program.