Education Reform Initiative
|Mission of Organization|| |
Education Reform Initiative (ERI) was launched in 2003 with the aim of improving education policy processes and outcomes in Turkey towards the ideal of "Quality Education for All" through research, advocacy and training. Policy recommendations developed by ERI aim at realizing all girls' and boys' right to and rights in education in Turkey and contributing to human, social and economic development of the country. ERI also attempts to serve as an example as to how policy dialogue should be conducted within a contemporary democratic framework by bringing together concerned civil society groups and relevant state agencies to catalyze an innovative collective thought process for education reform policy. For ERI research constitutes the backbone of evidence-based policy-making processes. In its evidence-based advocacy work, ERI embraces different strategies, including face-to-face discussions with the Ministry of National Education bureaucrats, building multi-stakeholder coalitions, and regularly informing the public opinion through policy documents. Furthermore, ERI develops teacher training programs and creates communication and cooperation platforms to encourage creative and committed teachers and to enable them exchange good practices with their colleagues.
|Impact of the Organization|
By participating in ERI's research, advocacy and training efforts, representatives from public and private sectors, academia, schools and civil society have become the active participants of a new policy-making culture in education. Due to its reputation as an "impartial, objective, critical and dialogue-oriented 'think and do tank'" ERI is frequently consulted by public bodies, NGOs, international organizations and private sector representatives on education policy related issues. In addition to partnerships with national NGOs, private organizations and the Ministry of National Education, ERI has formally partnered with leading international institutions such as UNICEF, UNDP and the World Bank in a growing number of studies and projects.
ERI has conducted and commissioned a considerable number of research projects in cooperation with a diversity of stakeholders on a wide range of issues that correspond to the education reform priorities in Turkey. Research findings and policy recommendations have been regularly communicated and discussed with the above mentioned stakeholders to ensure sustainable transformation towards "Quality Education for All". In addition to the annual Education Monitoring Reports, in which policy developments in k-12 education are analyzed from a holistic perspective, ERI has published more than 20 research reports, around 10 policy reports and more than 30 information and policy notes on issues including early childhood education; gender equality in education; access to, absenteeism and drop-outs in education; vocational education and training; equity in education; financing and governance of education; education legislation; child rights in education; bilingualism and education; religion and education; special education and inclusive education; critical thinking, etc.
Finally, as a result of the annual Good Practices in Education Conferences and the Provincial Workshops, as well as the critical thinking trainings offered by ERI, the organization has established a large and active network of teachers in Turkey. Overall, more than 20.000 teachers and school leaders have participated in the conferences and trainings organized by ERI in 32 provinces.