Centre for Educational Research and Innovation - CERI

Inclusive Innovation in Education


Education is often regarded as a way out of poverty, offering hope that it might help children from socio-economically disadvantaged families to lead better lives. There are many factors that can make this ambition elusive - from ill-adapted curricula, lack of role models through to poor teaching methods. However, governments, NGOs and private companies around the world have devised and are implementing a host of successful or promising innovative programmes that can offer better quality education or educational resources to deprived populations.


Reacting to these innovative efforts worldwide, this strand of the project aims to: 

  • Document education innovations that are targeting economically deprived communities around the world, with a special emphasis on OECD partner countries (China, Colombia, India, Indonesia and South Africa).
  • Collect information using the survey Inclusive Innovation in Education, developed with the purpose of analysing both government policies and private initiatives.
  • Identify patterns across inclusive innovations and group them into informative categories (e.g. frugal innovations, in-kind benefits, catch-up strategies, kinaesthetic and visual pedagogy, etc.).
  • Propose ways in which policy makers can support the design, implementation and effectiveness of these innovative practices.



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