EADS https://educationanddevelopment.solutions Education and Development Solutions Fri, 28 Aug 2020 19:22:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.3 EADS partner for the T4 global teachers online conference https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/eads-partner-for-the-t4-global-teachers-online-conference/ Wed, 20 May 2020 12:38:18 +0000 https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/?p=1453 Education and Development Solutions is excited to support and be a partner of “The New Normal. T4. Education post covid-19′, a Global online conference led by teachers for teachers.

T4 brings together teachers from around the world for this unique virtual event to share their stories and experiences in these four areas:

  • Teacher well-being
  • Teacher leadership
  • Teacher technology
  • Teacher collaboration

Log into website here to learn more and to register. Its free to register.

What about Teachers’ Learning During Covid 19 https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/what-about-teachers-learing-during-covid-19/ Fri, 01 May 2020 10:20:03 +0000 https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/?p=1443 Happy labour Day 2020! Today let us honour teachers and reflect on and appreciate the invaluable work they do. Check out  Margo O’Sullivan’s blog here, one of our directors and co-founders.



Participation in Schooling in the time of Covid-19: An Example From Zambia https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/participation-in-schooling-in-the-time-of-covid-19-an-example-from-zambia/ Fri, 01 May 2020 10:03:10 +0000 https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/?p=1437 By Dr Rosaria Marron and Devon Hsiao (EADS Intern)                                                

As a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic, students and teachers around the world are having to navigate the challenges of school closings and social distancing measures. In the online discussion on working and schooling from home, voices from the Globa
l South are relatively few and far between. Thus, we reached out to a teacher in Zambia to share his story.

 Abraham Zulu is a junior secondary teacher (pictured above with his students in their classroom before the Covid-19 pandemic), at New Mzumwa Primary School  in a newly-created district, Lusangazi, in the Eastern province of Zambia. The school goes up to 9th grade, and has 9 teachers responsible for 678 students. It is located in the Ukwimi Refugee Resettlement Area and the community is predominantly a farming community. Not surprisingly, many of the students come from poor backgrounds.

As per governmental direction from the Zambian Ministry of Health, the school was closed on March 20th, 2020 as a preventative measure in response to the threat of the virus. Now, we know that with the school closures that are happening around the world right now, many teachers and parents have been struggling with implementing distance learning strategies. So, what does distance learning look like in the context of Mr. Zulu’s school? How are teachers and students coping with this new reality, especially in a rural farming community?

At New Mzumwa Primary School, very few students have access to the technology needed to carry out online e-learning initiatives, so work remains in the hardcopy form. A few students and parents have cellphones, so in limited instances teachers have been able to text assignments and provide feedback to them. However, there is no reimbursement program, so the teachers and parents have to shoulder the texting costs themselves. This makes it very difficult as data costs in Zambia are relatively high. Lack of internet technology means students now have to go pick up their work from school on set dates, and then complete their work at home. In order to minimize the amount of social contact, students are sorted into groups based on the location of their homes. Each group has a leader that goes to pick up work and pass it around their neighborhood. These group leaders act as liaisons between students and teachers, also collect feedback from teachers to pass back to students.

Mr. Zulu stated, “The teachers have received feedback from students saying that they are having a difficult time comprehending and consolidating the information in their lessons.” To try to help them, students are still allowed to visit or call teachers for help with their schoolwork. He also notes a possible connection between socioeconomic status and performance during distance learning; at his school, students from middle class homes with parents that work as civil servants/civic leaders seem to be responding more positively to the program than others. Overall, Covid-19 has disrupted education globally, but participation in schooling in areas that already struggle with access to education and resources before the pandemic are now hit even harder by school closures.  


Top 10 learning resources for Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during Covid19 – Education and Development Solutions https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/top-10-learning-resources-for-global-sustainable-development-goals-sdgs-during-covid19-education-and-development-solutions/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 09:30:52 +0000 https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/?p=1388 This is the second in our series of useful free learning resources to support parents and teachers who are supporting their children’s homeschooling during covid-19.


Children will be aware now, more than ever, of our world.  They will also have been introduced, in school, to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Globally, all countries are working together to achieve by 2030 17 goals called the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  There are many resources to support children to learn about the 17  goals, at home, with many fun activities to do, videos to watch, and actions to take.

We, the Directors and Founders at EADS, have put together our top 10 learning resources on the SDGs, which include resources suited to all learning styles.


  1. The World’s Largest Lesson

Excellent resources on each global goal, including videos, worksheets, handouts, games. Every year in September, a lesson on the global goals is taught in as many classrooms as possible all over the world.


2. UNESCO SDG material

Click on any goal and find age appropriate information, videos, worksheets, suggestions on taking action, games.


3. Teach SDGs

Age related videos, some using children’s favourite TV characters and programmes, such as Tomas the Tank Engine, board games, online games, and more.


4. Global Goals resources

Films for each goal, such as Malala for SDG4 and films to advocate for stopping plastic use, as well as other resources.


5. Games for Sustainability – Gamepedia

Over 100 online and offline games enabling development of understanding of and skills based on each of the SDGs.


6. SDG Challenge – Development Perspectives

Click on each of the 17 goals for information, access to videos and games, and suggestions and challenges to support.


7. Concern Worldwide SDG materials

The booklet, devised by Concern Worldwide, provides information and three activities to explore the origins of the global goals, their purpose and how we all have a part to play in meeting them.  This site also has other development education resources including free book and experts on hand to answer your questions.


8. One world centre global goals list of resources

Links to information, videos, courses and games  provided by various organisations, such as Oxfam, World Vision, UNICEF, WWF.


9. SDGs for Children

This site has lovely 1 minute videos of children explaining each of the SDGs, podcasts and other materials.


10. Trocaire social justice learning resources

These resources include various games and challenges, based on the SDGs, all focusing on social justice.  They are divided into age-ranges, themes, country and type of resources.


Enjoy using these learning resources with your children.


If you come across other useful SDG learning resources or comments on any of those we have shared, please let us know on: info@eads.ie.


We wish you and your families all the best during this time, continue to focus on staying safe through following the WHO guidelines – Practice social distancing and frequent hand-washing.  We will get through this difficult time.


Deirdre, Margo and Rosaria

Our top 10 reviews of FREE learning resources for Covid-19 work-at-home parents – Education and Development Solutions https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/our-top-10-reviews-of-free-learning-resources-for-covid-19-work-at-home-parents-education-and-development-solutions/ Tue, 31 Mar 2020 10:55:17 +0000 https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/?p=1371 There are numerous online learning resources available for children.  However, how do you know which resources are best for your child/ren?  And how can you find the time, as busy work-at-home parents, to find the best resources for your child/ren online amongst the myriad of resources?

Fortunately, some excellent reviews of online learning resources have emerged in recent weeks to support you.  We, Deirdre, Margo and Rosaria,  mothers and educators and the three founders and directors of Education and Development Solutions, have put together a list of our top ten of these reviews of free online learning resources for children of all ages, to help you find the support you need with home schooling during the covid-19 pandemic.

Most importantly, do not put yourself or your children under pressure with home schooling and online learning, you can only do what you can manage and what works for you and your family as a unit within the resources available to you – laptops, phones, human resources (you, older siblings, friends).   We love these expert tips from teachers by Donna Ferguson in the Guardian.  They highlight the importance of cutting yourself some slack and allowing your children space and time to choose and lead their learning, to get bored, to have fun, and to prioritise yours and your child/ren’s well-being.

Here we go – our top ten reviews!


  1. Parent map – Online resources for families staying home due to coronavirus

This set of resources, compiled by Tiffany Doerr Guerzon, includes excellent resources for all ages, subjects, interests and skills, as well as clubs that your children can join to learn skills, such as typing or Science club.  It includes some resources for children with special needs, such as dog on a log books for children with dyslexia. It includes Khan Academy, the favourite online resource of one of our founder’s teenage son.  Khan Academc is a hugely popular resource for teachers, offing lessons in all subjects at all grades and allowing personalized learning at child’s own pace.  It also allows parents to sign up and add your child and become your child’s coach for home schooling and/or help you track your child’s progress.


  1. Twinkl – Curriculum led school closure packs

This site is very popular and includes curriculum-based materials for many countries, with advice for parents, online games, worksheets, and so on.  This link is for Ireland, however, find your country and click on resources based on your country’s curriculum.  It has free school closure packs based on each grade of school with curriculum led activities and worksheets.


  1. We are teachers – wearteachers.com

Designed for teachers but invaluable to parents also.  It includes reviews of 25+ virtual tours, 60+ best Mathematics websites, 25+ best reading websites, 40+ best Social Studies websites, top Science websites, hands on activity ideas, learning with TV suggestions, Best reading apps, free printables, digital penpals, and more!!


  1. Fun and free websites for kids from wellfamily

These 17 free educational websites for kids are fun while offering online teaching games, printables, videos, and much more.  It includes websites such as BBC History, How Stuff Works, National Geographic for Kids, Sesame Street, Cool Maths, and Time for Kids.  This review was completed by Apryl Duncan, a former writer for Verywell Family, covering stay-at-home and work-at-home parenting.


  1. Hannah O’Dwyer online learning at home resources

Hannah O’Dwyer, a primary teacher now working as an education officer with Irish autism charity, asIam, has put together an excellent list of resources for learning, such as access to textbooks (for Ireland, but many countries’ textbook publishers are offering free access to textbooks online during covid-19), and online classes offered by celebrities such as Maths with Carol Vordeman and Music with Mylene Klass.


  1. Gavin McCormack’s 100 free places to find learning tools from home during Covid-10

Gavin McCormack, Principal at Farmhouse Montessori School in Australia, has compiled this very useful review to save you time before opening each of the tools.  It includes tools from KG to university, from printables to VR tools.  Gavin also posts weekly timetable for parents throughout the pandemic, you can find him on linkedIn.


  1. UNESCO coronavirus school closure solutions

This has list of websites, mobile reading and other apps, MOOCS, platforms and digital learning systems.


  1. Microsoft and Apple resources – updated free education resources during covid-19

Microsoft is keeping a regularly updated free list of educational resources or remote learning, during time of Covid-19, in alphabetical order, from lAchemy which lists chemistry resources to Jove extensive video STEM library to Quizalize, as well as lots of fun learning games and so much more!

Apple have compiled resources to support parents at this time which make the most of Apple Technology


  1. 20 Learning apps for stir crazy kids – The Guardian

These fun-filled educational apps provide perfect brain food for children while schools are closed.


  1. Growing book by book – Online reviews of literacy development resources

This provides parents with reviews of resources to develop literacy, though many of the resources, mostly books, are not free.  It includes online read aloud books, story times, sing-alongs, tutorials on how to use at home.  For free vocabulary development and grammar games and exercises for all age groups and grades, visit Dictionary.com’s home parent teacher centre.


Finally, remember your local library – most libraries now have many of their books in e-books format.  My local library in Galway here is one that I use all the time.


If you come across other useful reviews or comments on any of those we have shared, please let us know on: info@eads.ie.

We wish you and your families all the best during this time, continue to focus on staying safe and well through following the WHO guidelines – Practice social distancing and frequent hand-washing.  We will get through this difficult time.

Margo, Deirdre and Rosaria



Feature Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash








Education systems and the 21st century quality teacher https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/education-systems-and-the-21st-century-quality-teacher/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:28:15 +0000 https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/?p=1317 Please find attached here a copy of Dr. Margo O’Sullivan’s, Director EADS, keynote presentation at Uganda’s Ministry of Education and Sports’ 2nd Symposium on Teacher Education (SOTED2) in Kampala yesterday, 26th February, 2020  

Keynote Presentation – Education Systems and the 21st century quality teacher and teacher – SOTED2

Keynote presentation at the 2nd International Teacher Education Symposium https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/keynote-presentation-at-the-2nd-international-teacher-education-symposium/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 07:36:22 +0000 https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/?p=1306 Dr. Margo O’Sullivan, Director Education and Development Solutions (EADS) is honoured to present her keynote speech with Brother Peter Tabichi, the 2019 winner of the Global Teacher Prize at the 2nd annual International Teacher Education symposium in Uganda, 26th-28th February 2020. The conference theme is “Where we are now and where are going – the quality teacher of the 21st century. Margo will speak on Education systems and the 21st century quality teacher.

Certificate in Fundamentals of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/certificate-in-fundamentals-of-lifelong-learning-and-adult-education/ Thu, 13 Feb 2020 12:30:37 +0000 https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/?p=1273 Very interesting and useful UNESCO supported 11 module certificate course, in Fundamentals of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education, which you can take in your own time and in the comfort of your own home.  Particularly useful for:

  • Policy-makers of education and lifelong learning
  • Service providers of lifelong learning
  • Managers and facilitators of community learning centers
  • Community leaders
  • University faculty or researchers
  • Students of education and lifelong learning
Education focused CSR and SDG support https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/education-focused-csr-and-sdg-support/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 11:03:05 +0000 https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/?p=1247
Dr. Margo O’Sullivan and Inge Jacobsen

Dr. Margo O’Sullivan attended her first meeting of Network Ireland’s Galway Business women last evening for a speed networking event, and met so many amazing and interesting women entrepreneurs, including #IngeJacobsen, in the photo with me, who set up and runs Serin Digital. Margo presented on Education and Development Solutions’ (EADS) support to Irish (initially) businesses for Education focused Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) support.  Businesses can support sustainable development through Education.  EADS helps businesses to understand how education-focused CSR is a critical approach to overall action towards the SDGs. EADS also provides a different approach to CSR for SMEs, in particular, which can be frequently locally-focussed, providing an international dimension. Margo referenced the National CSR strategy, Ireland’s National Plan for CSR 2017-2020, which highlights the critical foci on sustainable practices, sustainable development and businesses’ specific contribution to a more sustainable world; EADS can support Irish businesses with this. Education is key to unlocking and enhancing all dimensions of sustainable development, from climate change to sustainable cities to sustainable agriculture to water. Businesses who contribute to educational development facilitiate wider society to avail of opportunities that might not otherwise be available to them.

Using Learning Assessment Data to Monitor Progress of SDG Target 4.7 https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/using-learning-assessment-data-to-monitor-progress-fo-sdg-target-4-7/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 11:36:44 +0000 https://educationanddevelopment.solutions/?p=1135 We recently published Using Learning Assessment Data to Monitor Progress of SDG Target 4.7 and it can be read using the link below.

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