L-R: Robert Quansah, Senior ECE Technical Manager at Sabre Education, Giulia Barnhisel, Director of the Early Childhood Network Fund, Henri Ayubu, Senior Manager of Programmes and Operations at Children in Crossfire, Getnet Tesfaw from the Ethiopian School Readiness Initiative, Tony Dogbe, Executive Director at Sabre Education.

From 27th to 29th June 2023, Sabre Education’s Tony Dogbe and Rob Quansah attended the Saving Brains conference in Kigali, Rwanda. They delivered a speech on scaling quality play-based early childhood education in Ghana to an audience of education specialists, academics, and development partners.

The Saving Brains Collaborative Learning Space provides Early Childhood Development Innovators with a space to share their own experiences of delivering programmes in the sub-sector. The programme also includes webinars and workshops, which share tools, processes, and activities through learning themes that explore implementation systems, gender equality, and stakeholder engagement

Sabre Education’s Robert Quansah and Tony Dogbe with Giulia Barnhisel, Director of the Early Childhood Network Fund.

The 2023 conference in Kigali aimed to build connections between innovators through the sharing of experiences that highlight important milestones on the journey towards achieving sustainable impact at scale.

Tony’s speech highlighted the two phases of Sabre’s scaling pathway.

Phase one is comprised of ownership and system strengthening. Here, we ground our ECE innovations within government policies, programmes, systems, and structures, while providing technical assistance to government actors in the implementation and monitoring of the innovation. We also test, pilot and replicate the innovation with government actors as they adopt the results for nationwide use (e.g. assessment tools; KG curriculum; design of KG building).

The second phase consists of supporting government to build the capacity and resilience of its systems, structures, and actors for nationwide implementation of the innovation. Sabre’s recent work with national scaling consultant, and the launch of the INSET manual are evidence of this process.

Sabre were delighted to attend this fascinating conference, and exchange ideas with leaders in the implementation of quality ECE at scale.