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Why the COVID Crisis Is Not Edtech’s Moment in Africa

With schools closed for hundreds of million students around the world, many have hoped that “edtech” can help keep children learning via internet, apps, and mobiles. A new database published by the EdTech Hub shows that though use of edtech products serving African countries has doubled in the last month, the total number of users is still very low, and most were viewers of one TV show. That, coupled with the fact that most firms come from just a few countries, suggests that edtech in Africa is far from maturity.

Five Findings from a New Phone Survey in Senegal

Better data can help us have a better response for COVID, so we piloted a mobile phone survey on 1,000+ respondents in Senegal in partnership with the Centre de Recherche pour le Développement Économique et Social. We published the results of the survey yesterday and we are now publishing some of the key findings.

Schoolkids in Kinshasa. Photo by Dominic Chavez, World Bank.

Equity-Focused Approaches to Learning Loss during COVID-19

Even in the best-resourced and highest-performing education systems, most COVID responses in education will end up by privileging better-off children. In developing countries, where far fewer children have access to secondary education, and where learning opportunities are heavily defined by quality education in the early years, COVID presents an especially stark equity challenge.

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