What was the client’s brief?
The conflict in Syria has had a devastating impact on the country's education system, with 100,000+ teachers either killed, displaced, or otherwise unable to work. Considering that every teacher teaches up to 60 children, the scale of the problem is truly horrifying, with an entire generation going without a proper education.
The aim of the OETIS project (Online English for Teachers in Syria) was to create, deliver and manage an online platform for English language learning for internally displaced Syrian teachers. OETIS was a pilot project, with the intention of proving the power, scalability and cost-efficiency of digital education services in crisis situations.
What did I do?
As an independent consultant, my main responsibilities have been:
-Developing robust, scalable and cost-efficient technical architecture
-Representing projects at international conferences and regional strategic meetings
-Developing assessment methods and KPIs
-Creating training and onboarding assets
-Research/procurement/design of data management systems for course management and reporting on KPIs
-Maintaining best practice in terms of privacy and data protection
-Producing in-depth reports for internal and external stakeholders
-Promoting the project via conference talks
What was the impact?
The response from participants was overwhelmingly positive, with over 90% reporting it as a positive experience. Most of them were able to move up one level in the CEF (Common European Framework) for language ability. Many reported that it gave them a sense of hope, and something to focus on other than the day to day struggle of surviving in a war zone.