Three years ago, the United Nations articulated 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for global challenges that we face, setting targets to achieve by 2030 in order to secure a better, more sustainable future for all.

Access to a good quality education is the key to success in achieving many of these goals, which is why goal 4 (Quality Education) is of central importance to us at RM Results. We support the UN’s aims to ensure inclusive, quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

Today is International Human Solidarity Day, the foundation on which the UN aims to achieve its SDGs. As 2018 draws to a close, I have been reflecting on what we have achieved this year at RM Results, the international outlook for our business and how we can continue to make a positive contribution.

Collaborations across the nations

Having welcomed new customers from Lithuania, New Zealand, Singapore, Nigeria and the UK this year, 2018 has been a successful one for growing the international reach of RM Results, highlighting the global drive toward digital transformation of assessment.

Winning a London Design Award for RM Assessor3 was a real highlight of 2018, and one we celebrated in both the UK and India thanks to the successful collaboration of our product development teams across office locations.

With half of our colleagues in RM Results based in our Trivandrum office in India, we were deeply moved by the devastating effect of the floods in the state of Kerala earlier this year. Close to 500 people died and extensive farmland, infrastructure and property were destroyed. I was proud that our colleagues managed to raise so much money for the flood relief fund. RM added to the fundraising pot and the donation was presented to the Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan.

Making a difference

At our assessment event held in Cardiff in October, I was inspired by our keynote speaker, Professor Sugata Mitra, whose research into self-organised learning environments (SOLEs) has resulted in a worldwide network of ‘Schools in the Cloud’, giving children in remote areas access to a better education, through the use of technology and the internet.

The potential for technology to deliver education and qualification to children who would otherwise not be able to access teachers or schools can surely contribute to achieving that UN goal on Quality Education. We at RM Results are keen to play a part in this digital revolution in education and assessment.

At RM Results we wanted to mark this season for giving by donating to a cause that we felt was making a difference in this area. As such, we have donated to Smile Foundation, an NGO directly benefiting over 600,000 disadvantaged children and families through more than 250 welfare projects for education, employment and empowerment, across India.

Wishing you all health and happiness for the year ahead.

John Baskerville, Managing Director, RM Results