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BBL - Using technology to improve teacher performance and education quality in Edo State, Nigeria

Using technology to improve teacher performance and
education quality in Edo State, Nigeria:
The Edo-BEST Government Reform

Lessons, challenges and looking ahead
by learning from practical global examples

April 10, 2019 | 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Room J 7 - 044, 701 18th St NW, Washington, DC 

Governor Godwin Obaseki, Executive Governor of Edo State, Nigeria

Jaime Saavedra Chanduvi, Senior Director, Education Global Practice, World Bank


With a population of 8 million and GDP of US$11,888 billion, Edo State in south Nigeria is among the strongest performers in the Human Capital indicators. Its current governor, Godwin Obaseki, continues to lead the state through major reforms, particularly in its education sector, including those related to pre-service and in-service teacher reforms and girls’ empowerment. One of the Governor’s most successful initiatives is the Edo-BEST, the state’s all-encompassing initiative, that seeks to address evidence-based challenges, outcomes and demands with the aim of revitalizing the State’s basic education.

Using its own state funds, Edo State launched the program to support teachers with digital content and empower them to use data and technology to drive increased learning outcomes. With technical support from Bridge International, the Edo-Best program focuses on both pre-service and in-service teacher reforms including: in-service professional development programs for teachers; leveraging technology to equip government to harness data intelligence to drive planning while building institutional capacity to use data; using technology to deliver quality real time content to teachers and training them to effectively manage teaching and learning using classroom data collected in real time; and using technology to drive efficient quality assurance systems and helping to build the framework to support teaching and learning.

about the presenter:

Godwin Obaseki, the current Executive Governor of Edo State, Nigeria, was sworn in on the 12th of November 2016. Obaseki holds post graduate degrees in both Finance and International Business and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers, Nigeria. Before becoming the Edo State Governor, Obaseki served as Chairman of the Tax Assessment Review Committee for Edo State Internal Revenue Service (TARC); the Committee on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME); and Edo state Economic and Strategy Team, inaugurated by the former Governor Adams Oshiomole, in March 2009.  In that capacity, he pioneered a number of policy reforms that saw the state restructure its public finance, secure funding for infrastructure and improve the business environment to attract investment in power, agriculture and other critical sectors. Before serving at the sub-national level, Obaseki served on the Presidential Committee on the Reform of the Nigerian Pension System which facilitated the introduction of the contributory pension scheme and other novel pension reforms. He also served on the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission Committee on the Re-activation of the Nigerian Bond Market and the review of the Investment and Securities Act. Between 2006 and 2009, he served as a member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange Council. He is a Trustee of the Dr Jackson Owen Obaseki Foundation, a family-owned Non-Governmental Organization NGO.