NEDIS Recognition Awards


NEDIS, the Education Innovation Summit is an annual educator sector stakeholders’ convening organised and hosted by The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre. This summit was designed to convene a broad spectrum of education sector stakeholders, to highlight the challenges of education practice, innovations and their potential impact on the limitations facing the education sector in Nigeria. The inception of NEDIS provided a platform to discuss the needs of the education sector, connect stakeholders eager to apply technical support or other measures to achievement of the then millennium development goals (MDGs).

This year, the summit debuts the NEDIS Recognition Award for Innovation in Education which is designed to identify and recognise innovative solutions within the education space that addresses identified problems of access, equity and quality in the education sector. The Award serves as a platform to recognise and appreciate education interventions which have evidence of effectiveness, relative advantage over existing solutions and potential for scalability and sustainability.

NEDIS Recognition Award Categories

  • Public Private Partnership (PPP) for education intervention

This award will recognise programmes which were initiated by public sector and implemented with the support of the private sector or non-state actors. The Innovation Awards will be conferred on an innovative intervention which is currently being implemented or ended no more than 2 years before July 1st, 2019.

  • Use of technology in education intervention

The use of technology in the education sector is a pathway to bringing quality education closer to children at scale. The Innovation Award will recognise a programme which highlights the use of technology as a tool to support teaching and learning processes, increase student’s access to information, and improve their engagement and motivation towards learning.

  • Education intervention for inclusion- Persons with Disabilities, Refugee and Internally Displaced children as well as out of school children.

Interventions which emphasize that children, irrespective of their situations, can be valued equally, treated with respect and provided with real learning opportunities are the focus of this award. It will recognise the work of state or non-state actors who have developed innovative solutions to increasing access to quality education for children with disabilities, refugee, IDPs and out-of-school children.

  • Teacher development education intervention

Researchers have proven that teachers are the most important in- school factor influencing student achievement. This award will therefore recognise state or non-state interventions that have demonstrated impact in the improvement of teacher quality with various innovative developmental programmes.

  • Gender focused education intervention

Equal access to education is the foundation for all other development goals. Girl education provides the girl child with the knowledge necessary to fight poverty and hunger, combat disease and ensure environmental sustainability. Therefore, this award will therefore recognise the effect a of girl child education programme in Nigeria which has improved access to quality education for the girl child.

  • 21st century skills intervention

This award will recognise state or non-state actors who have successfully implemented a programme that equips children with essential 21st-century skills to build meaningful relationships, take ownership of their education and encourage personal growth through social and emotional learning processes.

  • Technical and vocational education intervention

The rate of unemployment in Nigeria is steadily on the rise with a vast population of young people (15 – 35 years) joining the labour market annually. The Innovation Awards will recognise programmes with innovative solutions in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) field that offer young people technical and vocational skills with proof of positive impact on beneficiaries.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Proof of concept
    This provides evidence of the direct impact of the intervention highlighting the outcome and effectiveness of the programme.
  2. Scalability
    The current operation model of the programme and scale up strategies.
  3. Competitive advantage
    Specifics regarding the novel features of the programme that has given the programme an edge over similar programmes in the education sector
  4. Relative advantage
    The design and innovation of this programme and how it directly compares to other existing programmes.
  5. Sustainability
    Evidence of financial, impact and organizational continuity.

Awardees will be announced at NEDIS 2019. All nominees will be listed and spotlighted in the NEDIS brochure.

Nominate an intervention/project here.

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