Matthew is a senior educationalist, who advises governments, intergovernmental organizations, iNGOs, and private sector investors internationally. He has particular expertise in curriculum development, national assessment systems, education technology, and work in fragile and conflict-affected states.
He led the SDG 4 Status Update Report, published by the Commonwealth Secretariat, and presented to Ministers at the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM), as well as the development of the Effective Management of Education Systems Toolkit, presented at the 21st CCEM in Nairobi; he also developed a range of reports shared at the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali.
He served as Lead Editor for Curriculum Materials and Textbooks in Abu Dhabi, supported reforms of the education system in Uzbekistan (for which he was awarded the Xalq Ta'lim Fidoyisi State Medal, the highest national award for contributions to the field of Education), and has supported national Education Sector Planning internationally.
Matthew has worked for, and with, the World Bank, UNICEF, OSCE, GPE, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, with experience throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Pacific, and the Americas. He also served for c. 6 years on the Board of Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS).
He has also served as a Guest Lecturer at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government.
Matthew has been resident in the UAE for c. 10 years.
16 November 2022 | 11:00 - 11:20 | English | Lessons from Educational Programming in Crises and Emergencies
Drawing on his extensive career in fragile and conflict-affected states, including recent work in Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan, North-East Nigeria, Bangladesh (including Cox’s Bazar) and Sierra Leone, Matthew will highlight the lessons that can be drawn from educational programming in both acute and protracted crisis settings. He will detail innovative approaches to evidence-collation, ensuring effective accountability to affected populations, highlight the importance of adopting approaches of known efficacy, explore the interconnect between education and other areas of provision (WASH, child protection, food security, and livelihoods), and consider the role of technology in enabling effective education outcomes. He will also address nuances of refugee and IDP education interventions, as well as the effectiveness of mechanisms for financing education in emergencies internationally, before providing recommendations for stakeholders on approaches to adopt in future crises.