The Commonwealth Education Good Practice Awards is a competition among Commonwealth ministries of education, civil society organisations (CSOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the field of education. The awards recognise and promote good practice in education programmes, projects, policies, strategies or significant interventions that have made a positive difference to the status and condition of school children, teachers or the education system in their countries. The awards offer the opportunity to highlight the resourcefulness and creativity of educators in the Commonwealth, who very often work with minimal resources and under difficult circumstances.
The sharing of these good practices provides an essential mechanism which those working in the field of education can adapt and apply to significantly enhance teaching and learning throughout the Commonwealth.
The 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers marks the fourth round of the Education Good Practice Awards. Building on the momentum from the previous rounds, the fourth round received 89 submissions from a total of 20 countries from across the Commonwealth, representing an equally diverse and well-rounded group of submissions as past rounds. The first adjudication panel was held in March 2015, when 21 submissions were shortlisted. The second adjudication was held in April 2015, when ten finalists were chosen (they are listed below). The finalists’ projects deal with issues such as numeracy and literacy, conflict, access to education, teacher training, inclusive education, dropout rates and student assessment. The final adjudication was held in May 2015 when three finalists were selected as winners of the Steve Sinnott award.
Finalists for the Education Good Practice Awards 2015
- Young Creative Thinkers (Brunei Darussalam)
- Developing Positive & Accepting Attitudes towards Others (Cyprus)
- Give Peace a Chance (Cyprus)
- Design for Change (India)
- Jodo Gyan – Connecting Knowledge Through an Innovative Teaching Approach to Maths in Foundational Classes (India)
- Hobsonville Point Schools Public-Private Partnership (PPP) (New Zealand)
- Parents, Step In! (Rwanda)
- Supporting Teachers’ English through Mentoring (Rwanda)
- Holistic Assessment to Support Student Learning and Development in All Singapore Primary Schools (Singapore)
- Taking Quality Education to where it matters through Webcasting (S. Africa)