"These findings offer strong evidence that the impact of these courses is significant and the courses have considerable potential to lead to the implementation of WHO standards and more effective immunization delivery."
— WHO Scholar programme impact evaluation (2016-2018)
What makes the WHO Scholar programme unique
Being a Scholar does not end on the last day of a course.
In some countries, Scholars have spontaneously initiated informal, self-led and motivated groupings of professionals operating across agencies that may provide a different kind of lever for systemic change than traditional top-down approaches.
Building on these emergent dynamics, the Geneva Learning Foundation is running its first Impact Accelerator programme connecting Scholar graduates to collaborate with colleagues from around the world as they move from ideas toward collaborative project implementation.
Inspired by their own journeys, over half of first-time graduates, over 400 to date, have volunteered to serve as Accompanists; acting as coaches and guides to support their peers and exercise leadership in new ways that challenge the failed, conventional training-of-trainer and cascade models.
“As an accompanist, I have realized that I don’t need to be physically present to support someone in learning. With the use of technology I found it very easy and effective to support scholars and this I want to adopt even at work by using technology to enhance supervision of immunization services.” – Aliieu K Bah
The WHO scholar methodology works. External evaluators measured learning culture using the best available evidence-based framework, demonstrating that over 90% of programme participants were able to use, apply, and build on what they gained. A surprising proportion implemented projects that began as course work.
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