Involvement of the Roger Federer Foundation

For the first time in the foundation's history the Roger Federer Foundation has not only developed an initiative but is also the lead implementer. Was is the rationale of the new programme called "i-act"?

  • The quality of teaching is a fundamental problem in Africa. The vast majority of teachers is only trained on content and lacks skills on efficient didactical approaches and pedagogical methods. Even worse, in rural schools, teachers often have no formal training at all. Large scale enhancement of pedagogical skills can make a real difference, irrespective of the speed of improvement in other areas.
  • Mobile technology and self-guided learning is an opportunity particularly for the many teachers without access to existing training schemes.
  • Cost-effectiveness due to upscale potential despite higher initial costs than conventional trainings.
  • A video based course can stimulate better: Play, watch and discuss instead of (not) reading.
  • Individual and peer-based learning is more sustainable then getting just one training
  • The course needs to be attractive, motivational and offer incentives

Based on existing training materials on interactive teaching skills, we have develop a self-guided course, supported by handheld devices. Much cheaper than traditional trainings, this will allow remotely monitored peer-group learning.

Our first target group are unqualified and unskilled teachers from community schools in Zambia who will receive tablets to be shared and personal work-books at a one-day introductory training on the use of the course, followed by few face-to-face ‘pit stop’ events. Additionally, teachers in government schools can download the course or order a USB stick for free.

As local as possible’ is a key principle for all RFF-funded interventions. While, as an exception, RFF cannot hand over the complete lead to a local partner organization in this case, with Saide we have found an experienced institution in South Africa who did the design of the course and Zambian stakeholders will cover other parts of the course production. The roll-out is done by different Zambian NGOs such as ROCS, ZOCS and DAPP, facilitated by an implementing committee in Zambia.

In 2017 there will be a roll-out to 1500 teachers and 500 community schools in rural areas of Zambia. In 2018 it is planned to reach out to another 5500 teachers and 1500 community schools. For the development of the course and the roll-out in the first two years the Board has approved a total budget of 1.8 Mio CHF.  


Zambia Facts

13.5 Mio
Community schools
ECD enrolment in rural areas
Children stunting malnutrition
1 Mio
Orphans under 15 years
1.2 Mio

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