Tackling the rural-urban education divide from both angles
Our PLUS English program and pedagogy is grounded in a two-pronged theory of change that will ultimately help to bridge the rural-urban education divide.
By accelerating the English learning outcomes of rural children, we can ensure that by the time they leave school they will have developed competency in everyday English language skills. These skills are sought by employers in a range of industries and professions across the developing worlds, and are increasingly important to accessing information and services.
This will, in turn, improve their socioeconomic status through increased employability, higher earning probability, improved job security, and increased cultural capital.
By increasing the capacity and confidence of rural teachers and community facilitators to embrace a student-centred, hybrid pedagogy, we can elevate the quality of rural education and affect a paradigm shift within the rural education system towards similar hybrid learning models across all learning areas.
This would address deficiencies in teaching quality and lead to improved engagement and learning outcomes of rural students in every subject. This is critical to driving systemic change across rural educations systems.