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Rosalind Gator

Rosalind Gater, Entry Scheme Education Advisor

I began my career as an English teacher. Since 2006 I have worked in challenging schools in London, Kigali and Johannesburg. I have also worked in the NGO sector, initially for Network for Africa, a small charity which runs health and education projects in East Africa, and later for Equal Education, an organisation which campaigns to end educational inequality based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. I joined the Education Policy Team at DFID in August as a DESA (DFID Entry Scheme for Advisors).

How can edtech improve educational opportunities for marginalised girls?

We will use our findings from studies and evaluations of the Girls’ Education Challenge to assess the impact technology can have on the educational opportunities of marginalised girls. Picture: Leonard Cheshire Disability

Last week, we announced a strategic partnership with Avanti Communications, to implement a project in Kenya as part of the Girls' Education Challenge (GEC). The flagship Girls' Education Challenge is supporting up to 1 million of the world's poorest girls …

‘Do these devices run on charcoal?’ Reflections from e-learning Africa 2014

Tablets could be a tool for improving interactive pedagogy. Picture: ICWE GmbH/Rukoosa

Last month I attended e-Learning Africa in Kampala, where I presented the emerging findings from DFID's forthcoming Educational Technology Topic Guide. Now in its 9th year, the conference brought together 1,500 participants from 69 countries - African ministers sat alongside …

Drum roll please… Introducing the new Edtech Topic Guide

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What is the impact of ICT on teaching and learning outcomes? Picture: Pippa Ranger/DFID

It's no coincidence that promoting research in educational technology was the subject of our last blog post. In June 2014, DFID will publish a new evidence paper (or Topic Guide) exploring how Edtech can be used to improve teaching and …

All for one and one for all: a call to unite to promote research in educational technology

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Brothers Faisal (left, 6 yrs) and Amir (right, 7 yrs) at their primary school in Muzaffargarh, Sindh. Picture: Victoria Francis/DFID

Question: What word inspires fear in companies that sell educational technology? Answer: Research. Why? Because snazzy as edtech 'solutions' may seem, research to prove a positive relationship between edtech initiatives and improved learning in the developing world is limited, inconsistent …

The broken record of educational technology: why we must be informed and keep asking questions

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Love it or loathe it, 1 of the grand challenges for education in developing countries is how to integrate technology in a cost effective way that has impact. In a paper released this month, McKinsey report that over 67 million …