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    Learning From Home in Times of Covid-19 Lockdown: opening up possibilities or baring inequalities?

Learning From Home in Times of Covid-19 Lockdown: opening up possibilities or baring inequalities?

Anushna Jha uses Bihar, India, as an example to understand the challenges posed by technology-enabled education as countries look to continue the teaching and learning process in times of emergency. 

Schools in about 188 countries are currently shut owing to the global Covid-19 pandemic. There is discussion around how to continue the teaching-learning process in these times of emergency. Many […]

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    Solving Big challenges with Big Ideas: non state private actors and education in the Global South

Solving Big challenges with Big Ideas: non state private actors and education in the Global South

MSc Development Management student, Temi Phyllis Pratt, reflects on a Cutting Edge in Development guest lecture from Prachi Srivastava, tenured Associate Professor in the area of education and international development at University of Western Ontario.

We have 10 years. The 2030 Agenda to deliver Education for All is one of the leading objectives of the sustainable development goals. Dr Prachi Srivastava delivered […]

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    Why SDG 4 Quality Education is important for poverty reduction

Why SDG 4 Quality Education is important for poverty reduction

Guest blogger, Giorgos Koulouris, looks at the importance of education in combating poverty, social exclusion and inequalities. 

Education is the most powerful tool for combating poverty, social exclusion and inequalities. As Nelson Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

The right to education must be universal without discrimination, so that everyone can build a […]

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    Why RCTs aren’t the simple answer to solving India’s learning crisis

Why RCTs aren’t the simple answer to solving India’s learning crisis

Following this year’s Nobel prize in Economics and the attention it has drawn to the use of RCT’s in development planning, Martin Haus and Rakesh Rajak question whether RCTs really have the potential to solve India’s learning crisis.  

This year’s Nobel prize in economics has been awarded to the three researchers Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, who are well-known for their […]

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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 […]