2021 was to be the year in which the UK took leadership of global education. So it’s devastating that, instead of demonstrating its commitment to education during this moment in the spotlight, the UK government has chosen to cut education spending by more than 40 percent, compared with overall aid cuts of around 25 percent.
CGD Policy Blogs
We’ve picked our favourite papers and articles about development of the year, picking pieces that help us understand the problems we’re working on better and how best to fix them.
On what basis have some European policymakers decided that it’s wise to reopen schools? And how will those calculations differ in low- and middle-income countries?
Alongside our tracker of education policy responses by national governments, we’ve started to track what international development partners are doing in education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools may be closed, but the costs of running education systems continue and may even increase
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.
COVID-19 is likely to affect the education outcomes of girls and boys in adverse and differential ways. What has been less studied are the challenges and perceptions of the organizations delivering vital educational services to girls and boys in low-income countries. To better understand that, we are launching a new survey.
More from Our Database on School Closures: New Education Policies May Be Increasing Educational Inequality
With more than 1.5 billion students are out of school, COVID-19 school closures could exacerbate existing inequities. In this post we analyse what we know (so far) about some of the drivers of inequity—and measures taken to address them—in different countries, using our open-access database.