Going beyond the effects of COVID, we take a look at five education stories in 2020, from lead poisoning to selective schools, that may turn out to shape policy in the years to come.
CGD Policy Blogs
To understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on re-enrollment for girls and boys, CGD and Malala Fund collaborated to analyze results from a series of rapid surveys that Malala Fund commissioned in Ethiopia, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. These surveys are among the first (to our knowledge) to elicit children’s self-reported likelihood of going back to school and their experiences during the pandemic.
COVID-19 has highlighted the ways that global public goods play an increasingly important role in the world, in both negative and positive ways. It’s increasingly clear that many of the biggest challenges nations face—and the solutions—won’t be restricted to one nation’s borders. The need for regional or global cooperation has never been greater.
After six months of school closures, Pakistan began reopening its schools in a phased manner on September 15. Schools had been shut since March 13, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To understand the impacts, CGD partnered with TCF in Pakistan and with CERP to survey households with students in TCF schools on how COVID-19 has affected their children’s education, their livelihoods, and health.
Policymakers making difficult decisions about when to reopen schools are balancing the health concerns of the pandemic against the social and economic repercussions of school closures. Ultimately, schools cannot stay closed forever and governments need to start planning for an eventual reopening, whenever that may be. In this fourth installment of our “Diaries from the Frontline” series, we highlight how TCF and Luminos are preparing their teachers, principals, and children for school reopenings.
This week, as part of our “Diaries from the Frontline” series we are looking at how TCF and the Luminos Fund are supporting their teachers and principals. Their experiences show that teachers, not buildings, are the backbone of any school system. And even while schools are closed, there is evidence that teachers are continuing to keep students engaged with learning.
In the second post in our “Diaries from the Frontline” series, we continue to examine how frontline education organizations are adjusting to the crisis. We examine how TCF and Luminos are supporting distance learning efforts for the students they serve.
As shown by the technical underpinnings of its Ehsaas emergency program, Pakistan has all of the necessary building blocks to roll out its digital payments system and expand access to mobile money. It should seize the opportunity.
With the continuing spread in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, countries scramble to contain the fallout and ease the burden. Here’s a selection of recent coverage on the observed and expected economic impacts across the three continents.
COVID-19 continues to take a humanitarian toll around the world, including in Asia and the Pacific. Countries are rightly taking dramatic measures to slow it, and those measures have economic impacts. Here’s a selection of this week’s coverage on the observed and expected economic impacts across the region.