Category Archives: Learning

The learning assessment market: pointers for countries – part 2

By Silvia Montoya, Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and Luis Crouch, Senior Economist, RTI International [1] In a previous blog, we argued that the market for learning assessment is very inefficient and therefore warrants public action. As things stand: More than … Continue reading

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The learning assessment market: pointers for countries – part 1

By Silvia Montoya, Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and Luis Crouch, Senior Economist, RTI International [1] Measuring learning outcomes is key to the Sustainable Development Goal for education (SDG 4). There are about a dozen indicators that measure learning … Continue reading

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Children taught in their mother language are more likely to develop literacy skills

Today, on International Mother Language Day, which is focused on the importance of linguistic diversity for sustainable development, it is important to remember what difference being taught in your mother tongue can make to one’s ability to learn. Choices over … Continue reading

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Learning to realize education’s promise – a look at the 2018 WDR

For the first time in forty years, the World Bank’s World Development Report (WDR), released on Tuesday, focuses exclusively on education. We are pleased to see its core messages resonating so well with our past reports, especially the 2013/4 EFA … Continue reading

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Poor quality learning assessments are crumbling under the weight of the decisions they inform

By Rachel Outhred, Education Consultant, Oxford Policy Management Much of the recent international discussion regarding the measurement of learning outcomes globally has been driven by the need to monitor Sustainable Development Goal 4 – ‘to ensure inclusive and equitable quality … Continue reading

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Gender Equality in Post-Genocide Rwanda

This blog looks at the positive example Rwanda sets in promoting gender equality through its textbooks. It is part of a series of blogs on this site published to encourage debates around a new GEM Report Policy Paper: Between the … Continue reading

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We must stamp out stereotypical teaching tools

Gender bias in textbooks is one of the best camouflaged and hardest to budge rocks in the road to gender equality in education. Through stereotypical and unbalanced depictions of men and women in stories and illustrations, textbooks undermine values and … Continue reading

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