The Education Value Chain:

When introducing educational projects or programmes of any kind, and for the purpose of ownership, sustainability, effectiveness and impact, it is necessary to cover the full Educational Value Chain (EVC) from beginning to end:

  1. Building sound knowledge and understanding about the psycho-social, cultural and economic conditions of the potential learners and schools, for identification of the major pedagogical and educational needs, and opportunities;
  2. Development of a results oriented logical framework for monitoring and evaluation, including indicators;
  3. Identification and linking of partner organisations;
  4. Development of an appropriate pedagogical approach, and of a well-adapted implementation strategy;
  5. Training of stakeholders (management, leadership, teachers, inspectors), creating ownership via awareness raising;
  6. Identification and linking with related government strategies and programmes;
  7. Careful piloting in schools, with appropriate professional and financial support, and a significant emphasis on raising awareness for attitudinal change;
  8. Monitoring and evaluation of the piloting process;
  9. Adaptations and mainstreaming, with appropriate professional and financial support.

A consequence of this value chain is the fact that the careful implementation of educational projects whereby attitudinal change is required, takes a considerable amount of time, in general three to five years at least. The incubation phase (1 to 6) takes minimal more than a year already, and then mainstreaming is still beyond the horizon. Therefore short term projects in education cannot create any sustainable impact.

The other way round, the more projects or programmes are implemented in accordance with this Education Value Chain, also implementing learner centred pedagogical approaches (see Empowerment and Quality in Learning Processes, below), the more likely it will be that they appear to be effective, with a view on sustainable impact.

The EVC could be used as well for developing and implementing a sound and comprehensive results oriented logical framework, whereby each element represents a benchmark.

Rogier van ’t Rood – 2015

* In education, mind the inside part of the coconut, which is nourishing!