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What does 5 yrs of school give? 1960s-born Indian women learnt more than 1990s kids, says study
August 03, 2022
PREPARE Survey Data Release: Monitoring the Impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Education
April 26, 2022
The latest survey data and instruments from the Partnership for Research on Progress and Resilience in Education (PREPARE), covering Ghana, Malawi, and Senegal are now out. Launched by CGD in May 2021, PREPARE data is helping us understand the impact of COVID-19 on education systems. This blog summa...
Two Years into the Pandemic, the Poorest Students Have Fallen Furthest Behind and Many Older Students Have Dropped Out
March 15, 2022
It’s been two years since schools began closing around the world because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even just one year into the disruption, children in some of the world’s poorest countries had missed out on “nearly a sixth of their expected lifetime education.” But at that point, data on actual lear...
Learning Loss and Student Dropouts during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Review of the Evidence Two Years after Schools Shut Down
March 14, 2022
Following the outbreak and spread of COVID-19 in 2020, schools around the world closed for significant periods of time. Many scholars provided projections of the likely impacts on educational outcomes, with potentially dire impacts on learning loss and—especially in low-income contexts–dropout rates...
The Long-Run Decline of Education Quality in the Developing World
February 23, 2022
We use comparable, survey-based literacy tests for repeated cross-sections of men and women born between 1950 and 2000 to study education outcomes across cohorts in 87 countries. We find that education quality, defined as literacy conditional on completing five years of schooling, stagnated or decli...
What Happened to Student Participation After Two Rounds of School Closures in Malawi—and How Have Schools Responded?
November 24, 2021
Prolonged school closures during COVID-19 meant that over 7.7 million Malawian children were out of formal schooling for over seven months. There is little information about the impacts of school closures and the COVID-19 crisis on these individuals. What happened to student participation over the t...
What We're Reading in Summer 2021
August 04, 2021
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of vaccines and reopening, it was the age of the Delta variant and closing down again. For many of us, the past year and a half has been stranger than fiction, a whirlwind of emotions and uncertainties. We hope this year's summer re...
Five Ways That Education Systems Can Support Girls in the Face of Climate Change, Today
July 26, 2021
In an accompanying blog we argue that girls’ education is unlikely to reduce future emissions, and that we should not think of girls in low-income countries as ‘assets’ to solve a climate crisis. But there is a link between education and climate change—it’s just the other way around. Here are f...
Fund Girls’ Education. Don’t Greenwash It.
July 26, 2021
You might think girls' education and climate change are quite different issues. But, with money for and political attention on climate change growing, savvy education donors and advocacy organisations are increasingly making links between the two. The UK’s FCDO, for instance, claims girls in poor co...
What Happened to Senegalese Students after the COVID-19 School Closure?
July 15, 2021
CGD in collaboration with the Centre de recherche pour le développement économique et social (CRDES) conducted a face-to-face survey at the national level to measure the adverse effects of the pandemic in schools and among Senegalese students. The survey took place in May 2021 with 984 households an...