Category Archives: Literacy

Literacy skills gaps: how do they change over time by wealth and by gender?

While there is a focus internationally on measuring literacy and numeracy skills at age 15, as captured in the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), at least two aspects are neglected in debates on learning achievement. First, literacy and … Continue reading

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Books are essential to solving the global learning crisis

By Joseph Nhan-O’Reilly, Head of Education Policy and Advocacy, Save the Children and Chair of the Global Book Alliance A new coalition of governments, international agencies, NGOs and the private sector has launched this week with the aim of closing … 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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Tajikistan: Accountability on paper versus in practice

This blog is written by Kate Lapham, Deputy Director of the Open Society Foundations’ Education Support Program, and the author of a case study on accountability and education in Tajikistan commissioned for the 2017/8 GEM Report. The blog is part of a series showing that accountability … 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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What do we mean by literacy in a digital world?

The meaning of the word literacy has developed continuously over the years. Today, the fact that International Literacy Day is on the theme of literacy in a digital world reminds us how the world has changed. At the end of … Continue reading

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It’s not ok if prisoners can’t read

Tomorrow is International Literacy Day. A group, which has higher rates of illiteracy than other sections of the population but is rarely discussed, is those in the correctional justice system. In the 2016 GEM Report, we noted that more than … Continue reading

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