ICT for Public/Private Sector Partnership:
Maximizing Opportunities for Scale and Impact
August 24, 2011 – 11:30 a.m.
||Julie Clugage, Intel Corporation
Carol Sakoian, Scholastic International
Gabriel Kahan, BrainPOP Latin America
James Bernard, Microsoft Corporation
||Lynn Nolan, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
This session presented current examples of public/private sector partnerships and some of the ideas around which the programs are centered. Panelists discussed the scope, location, and impact of current education projects and the values and challenges in building public/private partnerships. Participants’ questions focused on the scope, accessibility, and tensions over competing interests and differing budget cycles that may occur between the public and private sector.
James Bernard of Microsoft talked about the Partners in Learning program, a 10-year $500 million program designed to help transform education systems around the world. Working in partnership with public sector entities at the national level and donors like USAID, the program is centered on a few key ideas: student-centered learning, support for innovative teachers and school leaders, and forward-looking schools. These support systems provide the mechanisms through which innovative teaching practices can be scaled up from the classroom to the education system. Julie Clugage from Intel gave examples of some of the roughly 200 education programs that Intel has rolled out in 80 countries. Intel has developed programs to address inadequacies in teacher training and advocated for progressive student skill development through the Intel Learn Program that helps students use technology to solve problems within their communities. Partnering with USAID, Intel implemented a higher education project to train faculty and update curriculum in major engineering colleges across Vietnam.
Gabriel Kahan from BrainPoP Latin America discussed the scope of his company’s work in Latin America. In partnership with ministries of education, BrainPOP develops online learning content for students and establishes rural community centers to improve access to these resources. BrainPop’s material reaches over 10 million users worldwide in six languages. Carol Sakoian of Scholastic International emphasized the importance of reading in developing contexts. Scholastic has created a children’s “Reading Bill of Rights” that is aligned with Goal 1 of USAID’s new Education Strategy. To support this, Scholastic has implemented programs in both traditional print and digital formats such as DVDs, online content, and e-books.
Lynn Nolan discussed ISTE’s role in developing international standards and providing professional development for educators. Nolan talked about the need for benchmarks and how the partnerships that ISTE has developed have been crucial in promoting standards that will take root and become useful tools for development.
Key take away points from this session highlight the current public/private sector partnerships of the presenters, and the experience that such partnerships can be valuable mechanisms for bringing programs to scale. Several of the panelists encouraged workshop participants to research existing, well-known public/private partnerships when they need to leverage program resources, as several partnership models are known to be beneficial and can serve as examples for future endeavors.