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What Works? 2010 OLE General Assembly

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Monday, October 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM - Friday, October 15, 2010 at 5:00 PM (EAT)

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2010 OLE General Assembly

Kigali, Rwanda


What Works?

Exploring Scalable Approaches to Quality Universal Basic Education with Marginalized Children


The second annual OLE General Assembly to be held on 11-15 October in Kigali, Rwanda, will explore what is known, what needs to be known and how we can know about scalable approaches to achieving Quality Universal Basic Education with marginalized children around the world.



While there are literally thousands of basic education initiatives underway in all parts of the world, very few of them are based on evidence of their effectiveness.  Most of these initativies are faith-based: They appear to be worthwhile and they help their providers feel good. Most such programs, however, have not demonstrated that they are effective or that they can be scaled beyond a few limited silos of presumed excellence. 

Because of the urgency of achieving quality basic education systems that scale to all children, not just the priviledged few in a region or country, it is essential 
that we move quickly to evidence-based practices that scale. Since no one approach will fit the learning needs of all children, we need to begin developing a more differentiated matrix of evidence-based solutions that are cost/effective for different groups of children. And, because the costs of most approaches to quality education are substantial, it is essential for us to examine the return on these investments compared with other approaches for achieving the same goals.  

Finally, we must address the challenging question of how to measure quality. Things that are important are not easy to measure and things that are easy to measure often are not especially important. Models and examples of valid and reliable assessments of educational quality, particularly among marginalized children in poverty settings, present major challenges for practitioners and policy-makers.

In light of the above considerations, the
theme of the 20 2010 General Assembly of the Open Learning Exchange  is “What Works? Exploring Scalable Approaches to Quality Universal Basic Education”. The Assembly will address these three critically important issues: 

What do we already know about scaling quality education with marginalized children? 

2) What are we learning from studies and research already underway that promise to increase our understanding of what works well for learning.

3) What more do we need to know about cost/effective ways to scale quality education with all marginalized children and how will we learn these things?


What will happen?

What Works? Assembly will be a purposeful, action-oriented experience, as distinct from a lot of one-to-many "seat time" sessions. Participants will have an opportunity not only to listen but to actively engage with practitioners and policy makers concerning specific topics directly relevant to their missions. 

Field trips to some of the educational initiatives underway in Rwanda will complement the workshop framework of the conference. We are inviting President Kagami to open the conference and expect senior members of the Rwandan government as well as key representatives of international organizations to participate.


Where and When?

What Works? will take place in Kigali, Rwanda, 11-15 October 2010.


How can I participate?

The OLE 2010 General Assembly is open to everyone who has a strong interest in promoting Quality Universal Basic Education with marginalized children throughout the world. 

. All participants are required to register prior to the conference. To register, please visit  Registration fees are as follows:


        Standard                        Limited Income

$400                               $110


Registration fees do not including travel and accomodations for the General Assembly. Individuals and groups with limited incomes who are interested in attending the conference can send a request to waive the registration fee to In addition a limited number of scholarships will be provided. For questions regarding registration, please contact

Proposals for Presentations. We are eager to hear from individuals and organizations with experience concerning the Assembly theme: What Works? Exploring Scalable Approaches to Quality Universal Basic Education”. Proposals should fall under one of the following categories:


1) Innovative approaches to ensuring QUBE

2) Methods for evaluating QUBE programs

3) Current knowledge about the effectiveness of ICTs in QUBE programs

4) Methods for scaling QUBE programs to marginalized children

5) Ways for building strong Global and Regional QUBE Networks


Proposals can take the following formats:

1) Individual presentations

2) Complete panel sessions


Submissions. Participants are encouraged to submit more than one proposal. Submissions should be submitted electronically to


Individual presentations should include:

1) Title of Presentation

2) Presenter name, title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number

3) Category or categories under which the proposal falls

4) An abstract of the presentation (no more than 200 words)


Panel presentation submissions should include:

1) Title of the proposed Panel

2) Name, title, affiliation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of the panel

    chair and each of the panel members

3) An abstract of the panel (no more than 200 words)

4) An abstract for each of the presenters on the panel (no more than 200 words each)



Final proposal submissions must be received by September 1, 2010.


Email:  for more information and suggestions concerning the General Assembly.

[Upon request, OLE Rwanda will provide assistance to participants for arranging additional visits, before or after the General Assembly, to schools and to other places of interest in and near Rwanda. For more information email:]

Have questions about What Works? 2010 OLE General Assembly? Contact Open Learning Exchange

When & Where

OLE Rwanda
Boulevard de l'Umuganda
BP 874 0
Kigali Ngali

Monday, October 11, 2010 at 9:00 AM - Friday, October 15, 2010 at 5:00 PM (EAT)

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