Back to the Future: The Evolution of DFID’s education programme – What have we learnt and where are we going?

DFID is putting much more emphasis on the development and use of evidence to underpin education policies and programmes. Examples include the Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s report on education in East Africa, DFID India’s review of ten years of support to India’s mass elementary education programme, and the strengthened focus on research...

New donors in education: Russia’s contribution to Post-2015 Development

With stagnating aid flows the world needs support of new donors to development assistance in education. Expectations associated with new donors are high, but the question is whether new donors are really able to contribute effectively or are going to stay “forever emerging” (R. Sharma).  This UKFIET Conference round table aims to consider the...

How do we stop language screwing up learning?

Language of instruction can be frustrating. The evidence says children learn based on what’s familiar to them. This ideally means teaching in children’s mother tongue, and at worst teaching in a language frequently used in children’s lives. Poor rural children, exposed mainly to local language, need to be taught through local language. However,...

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