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Two girls do homework outside a school in Bamako, Mali. Photo from Adobe Stock.

For Better Learning, Africa Needs Better Data

Which African country is making the most progress in teaching kids to read by the time they reach third grade? Which language-of-instruction policies are most effective in early literacy teaching? Which country is getting the most children to complete primary school equipped with basic literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills? The answers? We don’t know because there is no way to know. Comparable data on learning outcomes over the past 10 years in sub-Saharan Africa simply does not exist. 

Want More Spending on Education? Give Kids the Vote

The global education community has been calling on poor countries to increase their spending on education for years now, to little avail. Instead of repeatedly making the case for how important education is, or calling for poliltical will, a smarter approach could be to directly address the political economy of education spending.

Countries with a centralized admissions system at the tertiary level, from a paper by Christopher Neilson (2019)

How an Algorithm Can Make School Choice Fairer

Better school choice won’t create better schools by itself, but it can save time for everyone involved and make a system fairer that is critical for the life chances of millions. That’s a choice worth making.

Can Education Prevent Violent Extremism?

Concerns over violent extremism (VE) are increasingly entering discussion about global development. In recent years, a number of organizations have been attempting to use and promote education to reduce violent extremism (VE). This blog post discusses relevant studies to determine what we know and what we don’t know about the links between education and the prevention of VE that underlie such strategies.

Rwanda Teacher Pay-for-Performance

Attracting the Right Teachers in Rwanda and Four Other New Findings in Global Education

Paying teachers for performance may have very different effects on the effort that current teachers put in and on the kinds of people that choose to become teachers. In a novel experiment by Leaver and others in Rwanda, advertisements in some randomly selected communities offered candidates pay-for-performance contracts, and ads in other communities offered standard, fixed-wage contracts. 

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