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The first Phase of ALiVE kicked off in August 2020, and targeted the development of contextualized and open-sourced tools, generation of large-scale evidence through household-based assessments, raising awareness among policy makers, teachers, parents, and youth to understand and focus on these competences. It also set out to strengthen capacities and amplify the voices of local experts in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

ALiVE Phase 1 : What we have done so far

Four Lessons Learned

1. Contextualisation is Key

The process of contextualisation provided more than just the definitions for the skills. It fostered an increased understanding of how context plays a key role in nurturing and assessing these competences for local experts. It nurtured the originality and ownership of the tool and most importantly, created awareness from the community to the policy makers level on the importance of being rooted in context as far as these competences are concerned.

2. Focus on System Strengthening

To sustain impact, a focus on system strengthening was inevitable. The key lesson learned was that policy makers and high-level decision makers in the education system increase their buy-in when they are part of the process. In ALiVE Phase 1, government officials were part of the journey from start to the end and as a result, they have opened up an opportunity for the next phase of ALiVE to focus on system shift.

3. Learning is Continuous and Self-Motivated

During the first phase of ALiVE, plenty of learning took place throughout the journey. However, very little of this learning was captured and fed back to the process until June 2022 when ALiVE engaged a global consultant to support the process. ALiVE, therefore, learned that learning needs to be intentional, deliberate, and that the process of integrating a learning culture is complex.

4. Achieve More by Working Together

The 2.5 years journey provided invaluable lessons on the importance of organizations working and growing together. ALiVE learned that the program’s process provided a space for organizations to grow together; from increasing knowledge and skills and enhancing ways of collaboration to extending organizations’ spheres of influence through working with others locally, regionally, and globally.

ALiVE Phase II

ALiVE Phase II Theory of Change

Phase two of ALiVE (April 2023 – December 2025) focuses on enhancing the capacity of the key government education departments to assess and integrate life skills and values in the national education systems for a wider system shift; collaboratively develop/adapt contextualized assessment tools for 6–17-year-olds, generate evidence by conducting assessments and collate evidence from other life skills approaches (both in assessments and nurturing); then use the evidence for learning and public policy advocacy.

ALiVE’s vision is that learners in East Africa are equipped with life skills and values, to support learning, working, and living in the context of the 21st century. This vision will be achieved through three pathways: system shift, assessment shift, and a learning hub.

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