FCDO and World Bank report: Cost-effective ways to improve global learning
28th October 2020
New research reveals best investments to tackle learning crisis in vulnerable countries
- The UK, the World Bank and partners launch a report authored by leading global education experts that identifies cost-effective ways to improve global learning
- Nine out of ten children in low income countries cannot read a story by age 10 and the coronavirus pandemic has compounded this global learning crisis as schools have been forced to close.
- The report follows the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings that warned of the huge setbacks that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on education progress without concerted, sustained action, and ahead of a major global education summit – co-hosted by the UK next year – that will raise funds to get children into school.
The report follows a Ministerial meeting at the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings, where experts warned of the huge setback that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on education progress without concerted, sustained action.
- Launched in July 2020, the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel is an independent, cross-disciplinary body composed of leading education experts, including:
- Professor Abhijit Banerjee – Co-Chair of the Evidence Panel, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics, MIT
- Sylvia Schmelkes – Co-Chair of the Evidence Panel, Provost of Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City
- Professor Kwame Akyeampong – Professor of International Education and Development, The Open University
- Professor Tahir Andrabi – Dean, LUMS School of Education, and Professor of Economics, Pomona College
- Dr Rukmini Banerji – CEO, Pratham Education Foundation
- Professor Susan Dynarski – Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics, University of Michigan (Joining Harvard in 2021)
- Rachel Glennerster – Chief Economist, Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO)
- Emeritus Professor Sally Grantham-McGregor OBE – Emeritus Professor of Child Health and Nutrition, UCL GOS Institute of Global Health
- Professor Karthik Muralidharan – Professor of Economics, University of California San Diego
- Dr. Ben Piper – Senior Director, Africa Education, RTI International
- Jaime Saavedra – Global Director, Education, The World Bank
- Professor Hirokazu Yoshikawa – Professor of Globalization and Education, NYU Steinhardt
- The Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel has a mandate to provide succinct, useable and policy-focused recommendations to support policymakers’ decision-making on education investments. It is convened jointly by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the World Bank and is hosted by Building Evidence in Education Global Group (BE2).
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