It is an online platform that SUMMA makes available to school communities, academics, government authorities and the general public, with the objective of identifying, describing and disseminating successful experiences of educational innovation, promoted and developed in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as in other parts of the world. It is a map that offers relevant and pertinent information on the type of problems that school communities are facing, the way in which they are solving them and the type of results that such solutions are showing.
Its mission is to highlight initiatives, programmes and practices that are proven to be effective, create value and contribute to improving the quality, equity, and inclusion of education systems. In the medium and long term, this platform seeks to become a global antenna tool and an active repository of educational innovations in constant renewal and expansion, in order to be a window to the world of innovations and a space that identifies examples and good practices that encourage different actors to look with renewed eyes at their own local realities, identify problems and implement new ideas and solutions to address their challenges in the present and future.
What do we mean by innovation?
SUMMA defines an innovation as a new solution that possesses two essential elements simultaneously: novelty and effectiveness in addressing a problem. Put another way, an innovation is a new solution with a transformative ability to accelerate impact (Gates Foundation, UNICEF, SIDA, DFID et al., 2015).
Who should use it and how?
The Map of Educational Innovations (MIE) is aimed at all those interested in learning about, developing and experimenting with new methodologies and school improvement processes.
The Map does not show models or “recipes” of action for educational innovation. It is first and foremost a platform of successful cases and experiences in facing challenges imposed by specific local contexts. Therefore, it should be used as an informative and inspirational tool. Those who wish to replicate these cases should do so by carefully considering the local needs and conditions in which they wish to implement them.