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Essential Digital Skills Solution Helps Progress British Council Programme

Using eLearning materials developed by the digital learning and assessment specialist, eCom Scotland, the British Council is providing appealing, engaging and contextually appropriate learning experiences helping 13-to-19-year-old girls improve their digital skills and English language proficiency.

Posted 2 November 2021

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These girls - all of whom are either currently out-of-school or living in socio-economically marginalised communities - are following the British Council’s English and Digital for Girls’ Education (EDGE) programme, which contains some 210 hours of materials providing access to English and digital skills as well as raising awareness of social issues. Being run in South Asia, the programme aims to support adolescent girls to make more informed and independent life choices so they can contribute more fully to the family, the economy and society.

Using bespoke materials, EDGE trains peer group leaders to facilitate after-school clubs for girls within their communities. In these clubs, girls can discuss social issues, enhance their English proficiency and learn digital and other skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. 

To date, more than 14,000 girls have benefitted through EDGE and an impact study has shown that girls on this programme are able to use their personal agency to impact their lives - with examples of girls being able to return to school, delay an early marriage or seek paid employment while staying in school as a result of the new skills they have gained. Some 1,200 peer leaders trained in three countries have delivered 531 clubs within their communities to 12,990 marginalised girls around Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

Delivering this peer-led programme digitally enables the British Council to avoid the logistical challenges involved in shipping paper-based resources to numerous locations, while simultaneously making significant financial savings.

“In choosing eCom’s eNetEnterprise as their learning management system (LMS) to delivery and monitor the EDGE programme, we believe the British Council can be confident that both the system and the eLearning content are fully accessible at any time, on whatever device the user chooses - regardless of their location,” said Wendy Edie, eCom’s Managing Director.

“For users who don’t always have a secure, reliable connection to the internet, eNetEnterprise’s offline synchronising capability ensures those learners can still access the eLearning and participate in the programme in the same way as those using the system online. Learners can download content and upload assessment data while they’re connected but can consume the content offline, with tracking data cached until the device is back online.”

Among other things, eCom’s instructional designers and developers have enhanced and adapted the programme’s 330 hours of paper-based content for digital delivery in a way that aims to ensure the most appropriate and effective learning experience, along with maximum learner engagement.

To find out more about the EDGE programme, visit: https://www.britishcouncil.org/society/womens-and-girls-empowerment/our-work/edge