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    Parental involvement in schools – powerful potential, compounded challenge

Parental involvement in schools – powerful potential, compounded challenge

Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah explore how parental involvement in schools can enhance the positive effects on student performance during elementary and secondary education. 

Understanding parental involvement

Parental involvement underscores the shared responsibility that educational institutions and families have towards student learning. It can be described as a bunch of various parental practices such as parental aspirations for their child’s academic achievement, communication […]

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    Promoting gender equality in/through school – a road map for South Asia

Promoting gender equality in/through school – a road map for South Asia

In the second of this two-part article on promoting gender equality through schools, Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah provide a road map for South Asia in which schools and the government work together. 

The Status Quo-

While incidents of rape, sexual harassment, and gender-based violence have become commonplace today, they rest on a deep-rooted structure of patriarchy and gender inequality. This structural feature […]

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    Promoting gender equality in/through schools – examples to learn from

Promoting gender equality in/through schools – examples to learn from

In the first of this two-part article on promoting gender equality through schools, Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah explore successful examples from around the world. 

The second half of the series will be published on Tuesday 19 February. 

Education and Gender Equality- Interconnections

There is a lot in common between education and gender equality- both are instrumental to the development of a society as also […]

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    Neither Private Schools nor Technology Will Solve India’s Learning Crisis

Neither Private Schools nor Technology Will Solve India’s Learning Crisis

Master’s student, Martin Haus, and project manager at the Bihar Education Policy Center, Rakesh Kumar Rajak, argue that reports on education ignore the fact that students in public and private schools are vastly different. 

The ASER report paints a grim picture of what is (not) happening in Bihar’s schools. Only around 24% percent of children in Class III can read […]

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    Assisting learners, augmenting learning: Introducing teaching assistants in South Asian schools

Assisting learners, augmenting learning: Introducing teaching assistants in South Asian schools

International Development students, Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah, make a convincing case for introducing teaching assistants to government and low-cost private schools in South Asia.  

The learning crisis in South Asia needs immediate and innovative solutions before another generation of learners go through years of schooling without having learnt much. That South Asia is undergoing a learning crisis is not a new revelation. […]

Combating the learning crisis in South Asia

Amongst a range of development challenges that South Asian countries face is poor education, with only around half of primary aged children receiving education within the minimum learning standards framework. International Development students, Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah, explain why learning must be placed at the centre of education and students in order to combat this crisis.  

Amongst a range of development challenges […]

Technology in education: a question of form and function

MSc Development Management student Sharon Sagues, tells us about her recent group project for Policy, Bureaucracy and Development (DV450), which looked at the role of ICT in education by analysing the specific case of One Laptop Per Child in Peru. You can read their full report here. 

Recently, the viral story of a Ghanaian school teacher has inspired many for his perseverance. […]

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    Barriers to Education Reform in the Global South: Teachers Unions

Barriers to Education Reform in the Global South: Teachers Unions

Alev Kayagil, Thomas Hill, and David Riveros García, masters students taking Policy, Bureaucracy and Development (DV450), tell us about their group research project which looked at the processes of educational reform in Mexico. You can read their full report here. 

The low levels of education in the global south have primarily been attributed to poor policy-making of governments in developing countries. In Latin America, […]

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    Higher education, Afghanistan’s best weapon against extremism

Higher education, Afghanistan’s best weapon against extremism

Following a recent panel discussion hosted by LSE’s Department of International Development on The Role of Higher Education in Ensuring Afghanistan’s Prosperous Future (10/07/2017), co-chair to the event, Dr Sajjan Gohel, discusses how education can serve to build the human capital necessary to place the country on a secure and stable path, and the role of the international community in supporting Afghanistan at […]

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    UN International Mother Language Day – Africa Educational Trust on the importance of teaching children in their mother language

UN International Mother Language Day – Africa Educational Trust on the importance of teaching children in their mother language

Sunday 21 February is UN International Mother Language Day. To mark this event the Africa Educational Trust have written a post for the LSE International Development blog outlining why education in mother tongue languages is socially, economically and politically important to children across the world.
An innovative programme in Ugandan schools is showing how mother tongue languages can be harnessed […]