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School Leaders’ Role in Creating Safe Learning Environments
November 21, 2023
Globally, almost a third of students aged 13 to 15 have been victims of school violence. This is a deeply concerning statistic. Exposure to school violence has proven to affect students’ learning, socio-emotional development, and physical and mental health. School safety is an important precondition...
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...
Not My Problem: Breaking Down Sectoral Silos in School Meals
June 13, 2023
School feeding is one of those social policy interventions that are hard to pigeonhole in traditional sectors. The benefits span various facets of the beneficiaries’ lives and the local economy. So who should bear the responsibility and cost of provision of school meals? Despite strong political and...
Studying School Exams: A New Database
December 15, 2022
Exam data are closely guarded and there is very little research from lower-income countries on how exams influence educational or economic outcomes. Our new database on public examinations begins to fill this gap.
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?
School Meals: A US-Africa Partnership to be Proud Of
December 09, 2022
With food prices escalating globally, there is an urgent need for renewed partnerships between the US and African governments to sustain school meal programs around the continent.
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.
Exploring the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Low-Cost Private Schools in Nairobi, Kenya
October 19, 2022
To contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in Kenya, as in many other countries, had to temporarily close. This study investigates the extent to which lockdowns and school closures affected households and low-cost private schools (LCPS) in four urban informal settlements in Nairobi. Qua...
What do Countries Prioritise in Education? An Analysis of the “Statements of Commitment” at the Transforming Education Summit
September 28, 2022
We used 106 country statements produced for the Transforming Education Summit to reveal education priorities emanating from national consultations.