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The Learning Crisis Persists in Bangladesh: Findings from a Two-stage Study
November 29, 2023
By the end of primary school, students in Bangladesh are expected to have acquired foundational skills such as basic reading, writing, and numeracy. However, recent assessments conducted by various government institutes reveal that the proportion of Bangladeshi students not meeting grade-level readi...
Feeding Ghana’s Future: Navigating Challenges for Sustainable School Feeding in Ghana
August 15, 2023
Everyone agrees that Ghana's school feeding programme is an important and useful social programme…but insufficient and poor quality food is compromising its impacts; government financing remains a challenge; and it lacks lacks broader support and accountability mechanisms. The programme has huge pot...
Unravelling the Association between Shocks and Education in Bangladesh
July 11, 2023
Even prior to the pandemic, the educational achievements of Bangladeshi children were below desired levels. The prolonged disengagement from learning during the pandemic raised concerns about learning gaps or even learning loss. But there are limited data on children’s learning status (foundational ...
Beyond the Lockdown: Assessing the Ripple Effects of COVID-19 on Education in Senegal
June 14, 2023
When Senegal closed schools for nearly seven months because of COVID, it disrupted education for over 3.5 million learners. In our multi-phase study, we fill the gaps in understanding the impacts of these closures on students and the education sector broadly. In the first part of the study, we descr...
Reliance on Remote Learning Yields Little Gains in Malawi
February 17, 2023
The state of learning in Malawi post-COVID-19 has been deemed a crisis, with primary school-aged learners unable to read basic text or perform foundational numeracy skills. In the first phase of our study, we found that students struggled to access remote learning during pandemic-related school clos...
Was Your Teacher Sexist? Teacher Beliefs and Students Outcomes
December 14, 2022
Teachers often hold beliefs that mirror societal norms. But how does teacher gender bias, affect students, and what can we do to remedy this?
When the IMF Meets School Meals: Ghana’s Fiscal Reckoning Presents a Key Test
November 18, 2022
As more countries approach the International Monetary Fund for a bailout, the fate of critical school feeding programs hang in the balance.
Trust in Me: Can Parent-Daughter Interventions Build Trust, Reduce Child Marriage, and Improve Girls Education in Bangladesh?
November 10, 2022
We explore how addressing parents’ fears of their daughters eloping or becoming pregnant, may reduce early marriage and encourage parents daughters in school for longer.
COVID-19 School Closures Hit the Poorest the Hardest in Pakistan
July 29, 2022
This blog explores the lasting impact of the pandemic on Pakistani school students. Shortages of cash and food at home were exacerbated by government lockdowns, and schools were closed, with little to no remedial support provided in its place have widened disparaties.