Where does a teacher in Pakistan interested in engaging his students in numeracy find relevant pedagogical practices? Or when a teacher in Brazil comes up with a brilliant idea for her home economics class, where does she share it?
Until recently, there was no such place. Most of the improvements that teachers developed independently in the classroom remained undocumented.
The AKF-led Schools2030 programme partnered with HundrED, a global non-profit specialising in education innovations, to develop and launch Faved: the first free, public, teacher-sourced and teacher-validated platform for sharing best classroom practices. Faved allows teachers to share their innovative pedagogical methods with other educators around the world. The concept was created for Jacobs Foundation MIT Solveathon by the HundrED team, where it received the Promising Innovation Award.
The primary goal of the platform is to enable more teachers to improve learning outcomes around the world. It will also work as an accessible new tool for teacher professional development.
“Schools should be the centre of social change, not the target of change. This platform gives teachers a way to reclaim the discourse about ‘what works’ to improve holistic learning outcomes in some of the most challenging contexts in the world,” said Dr Andrew Cunningham, the Global Lead for Education at the Aga Khan Foundation.
The recently released Schools2030 Human-Centred Design Toolkit aims to give teachers the means to identify impediments to their students’ learning and work in collaboration with community and other stakeholders to design, create and test innovations and see how these play out in practice.
“What Github has done for software development, Faved will do for teaching. It will highlight proven improvements to teaching from all classroom contexts and let teachers favourite, validate and improve the solutions that work," said Lasse Leponiemi, Executive Director of HundrED.
Faved has been developed in close collaboration with the Schools2030 schools and will be launched for the wider public at the RewirEd event in Dubai in December 2021.
This text was adapted from an article published on the Schools2030 website.