Global Health Center Awards Funding

January 16, 2018

The Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis has awarded funding for a public health project.

Drs. Jean-Francois Trani, Steve Taff, and Peter Hovmand from Washington University were awarded $15,000 for their project proposal, “How to Promote Equitable Quality Learning in Schools Using Systems Dynamics Modeling.”

Associate Professor, Brown School
Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy and Medicine, School of Medicine
Peter Hovmand headshot
Professor of Practice, Brown School

Their project will work in collaboration with the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis’ Social System Design Lab to train partners from Afghanistan and Pakistan on group model building and system dynamics modeling using a community based system dynamics (CBSD) framework for defining and improving the quality of, and equity in, education for disadvantaged children in relation to accountability in schools of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The project aims to address concerns that the education systems are failing the most vulnerable groups, such as girls, poor children, children from minority ethnic groups, nomads, and children with disabilities. They will train staff in CBSD methods to become facilitation teams in 100 community-based schools in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Teachers, management, parents and children will be able to use CBSD to identify ways of improving the learning experience.

Read more about the project on the Global Research on Inclusion and Disability website.