Cost-Effective Approaches to Improve Global Learning
What Does Recent Evidence Tell Us Are “Smart Buys” for Improving Learning in Low and Middle Income Countries?
The Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel is an independent, cross-disciplinary body composed of leading education experts from around the world. Its mandate is to provide succinct, usable, and policy-focused recommendations to support policymakers’ decision-making on education investments in low- and middle-income countries. This is the first major set of recommendations from the Evidence Panel and focuses on cost-effective practices in education, based on its review of high-quality evidence.
To improve learning, build back better from coronavirus and deliver value for money, the report identifies “best buys” including:
- tailoring teaching based on ability and learning level, rather than age or grade, and providing extra catch-up support to help children falling behind;
- increasing investments in pre-primary education, to halt the learning disparity seen by age 5 between low and higher-income households;
- developing structured lesson plans with teacher mentoring and training
- providing merit-based scholarships to disadvantaged children to help them stay in school;
- informing parents about the benefits of sending their children to school and the choices available to them; and
- working to reduce travel times to schools.