TARGET provides essential technical support to projects focused on improving quality of education for all in Ethiopia, with an emphasis on inclusion and equity for marginalised learners.
The TARGET (Technical Assistance to Reinforce GEQIP-E in Ethiopia) programme is a £19.5 million package of technical assistance funded by the UK government to support the World Bank-managed multi-donor trust General Education Quality Improvement Programme for Equity (GEQIP-E).
The programme’s mission is to work with the government to address systemic and learning challenges. It has four key areas of focus:
By the end of 2022, the TARGET programme had reached 4.5 million learners and provided training and support to over 9,000 school ‘leaders of learning’. The project aims to benefit 5.5 million learners by the end of 2023.
School leaders who have undertaken TARGET national senior leadership training – compared to those not in the TARGET programme – demonstrate significant improvements in the quality of school improvement planning, teaching for learning, safeguarding, lesson quality, data use and management and in teacher attendance. In intervention schools, there were greater improvements across all metrics compared to those not on the programme, particularly in treating boys and girls equally.
Competency assessment results show that the proportion of school leaders at the level of ‘competent leader’ or above rose from 15% to 74% in just three years. In the same period, student agreement with the statement, ‘There are special places in our school where girls can go to feel safe and protected’ rose by 54 points from 43% to 97% in TARGET intervention schools (but dropped to 29% in non-intervention schools).
TARGET partners also report that, because we are providing training in how to plan lessons effectively for learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), learning connections with this group rose by almost 10%.