Education

Supporting leaders to improve school quality

Education is a powerful foundation for strong economies. By supporting robust education systems, we can provide kids with the opportunity to learn. That’s what Eskola (‘school’, in Tetun) is all about.

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Purpose

To strengthen and lower the cost of school management

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Approach

Integrating mobile technologies to monitor school performance, communicate results and build communities of practice

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Location

Timor-Leste

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Highlights

>15,000 classroom observations collected >200,000 instant messages sent by principals using Eskola’s Konversa app >30,000 student exam results recorded

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Partners

The Timor-Leste Ministry of Education, supported by Australian Aid

Working with education leaders for the future of Timor-Leste

The Eskola program supports principals and government inspectors to improve school management in Timor-Leste. Through a tablet-based application, principals and school inspectors can carry out classroom observations. That might be about kids’ attendance in class or teachers’ use of lesson plans. They receive prompts for monthly inspections, and see notifications based on triggers like a missing report. Ministry officials can see data on a simple dashboard—including children's literacy and numeracy scores—allowing them to track performance. It all contributes to more informed policymaking and better delivery of education.

Eskola helps school leaders monitor education and use data to make more informed decisions.

Eskola has a chat feature (known as Konversa) that allows principals to send messages to each other. It also has a resource sharing function so principals can access all curriculum resources and policy documents. We’ve seen stronger communities of practice emerge because of the chat feature, furthering principals’ professional development.

The Eskola project is government-owned, led by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. It’s part of the Professional Learning and Mentoring Project (PLMP) which aims for positive change in schools.

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