Strengthening of German-supported schools in Kabul (SGS)

Three model schools in Kabul are supported in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit. Computer based assessment tools are employed to ensure a transparent and fair selection process of gifted students.

The education system in Afghanistan is facing an array of challenges. On behalf of the Federal Foreign Office, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit supports three model schools in Kabul in meeting these. The goal is to improve learning conditions by enhancing the qualifications of teachers, providing modern teaching materials and improving the schools’ infrastructures. Part of the project is to identify particularly gifted students amongst applicants to the schools with an efficient, transparent and fair selection process. To this end, the Department for Education and Development at DIPF develops test items for assessing working memory capacity and general cognitive ability. In cooperation with Prof. Dr. Samuel Greiff at the University of Luxembourg, items for assessing complex problem solving tasks are developed. These measurement tools will be implemented in the CBA ItemBuilder, with support from the Centre for Technology Based Assessment (TBA). This will ensure that the tools deliver results without potential outside influences which can be evaluated automatically. The biggest challenges in the development of these assessment tools lie in their cultural adaptation and their computer-based implementation and evaluation.

Funding: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (comissioned by the Federal Foreign Office)

Cooperation: International Innovation Management and Consulting S.A. (project management), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), University of Luxembourg, Educational Assessment

Duration: 12/2016 - 03/2019

State: completed 

Project management: Jean-Paul Reeff (ICE), Paul Libbrecht

Project team: Robert Baumann, Angelika Sichma, Patrick Lösche

further infos (German):

Interview TBA in Afghanistan