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Education

Too many teachers in Ontario; too few in Sri Lanka. 70 million children without basic education. Examination chaos. Spiraling university costs. Girls excelling in math; girls lagging in math. Brain drain. Millions of people of all ages want to better themselves through education. What barriers do they face? What works and what doesn’t? How to find out? From village classrooms to the halls of the Ivy League, rigorous data can help us get it right. 

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  • 06 July 2022
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Ensuring access to high-quality education for girls

Education is one of the most powerful instruments for laying the foundations for sustainable growth, reducing poverty and inequality, and improving...

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  • 22 June 2022
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Effective states for sustainable development in South Asia

Past progress in human development in South Asia looks insufficient to produce success during the era of the Sustainable Development Goals. This...

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  • 04 April 2022
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Language of instruction matters for learning foundational skills

The advan tages of multilingualism are undeniable. But should education systems use a language of instruction that is unfamiliar to children (and...

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  • 03 January 2022
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Dual learning disadvantages in East Africa – and how to deal with them

Children from poorer families in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda face a double disadvantage in their opportunity to access learning: not only is the...

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  • 16 November 2020
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Media coverage of terrorism: magnifying the negative effect of attacks on schooling

Terrorist attacks have a big negative impact on education, particularly if they occur on the way from children’s homes to the nearest primary school...

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  • 09 November 2020
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Changing the lives of very young children: evidence from Rwanda

Globally, around 250 million children under the age of five do not meet key development milestones, which reduces their ability to reach their full...

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  • 12 October 2020
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Encouraging parents to be more involved in their children’s education

Mobilizing parents in developing countries to become more involved in their children’s education is likely to lead to better teaching and school...

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  • 28 June 2020
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Tackling child labor by raising incomes: does it work?

Income changes can have important consequences for farming communities, including on the prevalence of child labor. What’s more, the link is complex...

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  • 22 June 2020
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Educational challenges of Covid-19: evidence from large-scale assessments

The global pandemic has been particularly disruptive to education with the closure of schools in many countries and children having to study at home...

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  • 01 June 2020
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Improving educational outcomes in Bulgaria: lessons from data and research

It is well understood that low literacy has damaging consequences for both individuals and wider society. As this column notes, literacy is more than...

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