Developing Countries: Education

Department for International Development written question – answered on 27th December 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what oversight (a) in general and (b) of the content taught the Government conducts of education programmes funded by UK Aid.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

All programmes are monitored on a regular and ongoing basis by staff and external partners using a variety of tools to track progress against the results framework. This includes due diligence assessments, field visits, Annual Reviews, Project Completion Reviews, and delivery plans. Ministers are made aware of any programmes which are not on track to deliver the expected outputs and will discuss with teams whether they should be restructured or closed. DFID’s Internal Audit Department conducts periodic in-depth reviews of programmes, including visits to all country offices at least every two years.

Our network of education advisors regularly review the content which is taught in our education programmes. We also support a range of programmes which develop new educational materials to improve learning outcomes. For example, the resources of our Connecting Classrooms programme help young people to develop the knowledge, skills and values (e.g. critical thinking and tolerance) to live and work in a globalised economy.

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