In response to The State of Global Learning Poverty: 2022 update, Dr Benjamin Piper, the director of Global Education for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation stated:
The learning poverty data highlights the shocking inequality that persists in learning outcomes, with 87% of children in Africa unable to read and understand a simple text. This was data was collected before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the new simulations suggest this has increased to 89%. This is sad, but it’s also wrong.”
“ECD is an essential building block for a quality primary and secondary education system. The first five years of a child’s life are the most important. Children who thrive by five are more likely to start school on track and ready to learn.” Dr Janeli Kotze from the DBE’s Research Coordination Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate.
The Reggio Emilia approach does not simply ask us to change our environments and the learning spaces; it requires us to change the way we think about children and how they learn. While we have only just begun to scratch the surface of our own journey into this new approach to education, the evidence for the importance of this work can be seen throughout the day at our preschool, in our children.
Hearts of Hope uses Wellbi for its monitoring and evaluation. We began implementation of the programme at the beginning of 2022 as a way of providing quantitative data for the organization.
Wellbi is an online platform used by non-profit organisations around the world to manage the data of children and adults they serve. This includes beneficiary profiles, programme related data such as attendance registers & process/intervention notes and assessments quantifying the wellbeing of beneficiaries being served.
Through tracking more than 140 different data points on each beneficiary and displaying these data points in easily understood dashboards, Wellbi helps organisation staff understand their programme impact and better allocate limited resources (time & money) based on data-driven decisions.
8 Wellbeing Domains Measured
Different wellbeing assessments, based on the Child Status Index (CSI Index) have been developed. This framework is recognised internationally and is used as a general standard in the OVC-care sphere. PEPFAR, UNICEF and other organizations use this framework in their programme development and measuring and evaluation activities.
The CSI-framework has 6 domains, but Wellbi has an added 2 wellbeing domains, of which Hearts of Hope is not measuring the economic domain, as our children are supported by the organisation and not by an individual family. The 7 wellbeing domains are divided into subdomains, and for each subdomain several datapoints or questions have been developed in Wellbi.
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