Young-Lives

Learning, Life-Chances and Inequalities: Evidence from Young Lives

How has the expansion of formal schooling in developing countries actually contributed to children’s opportunities to learn and progress? What challenges remain to education systems seeking to reduce inequality of opportunity in the post-2015 climate? Six papers from Young Lives draw together evidence and analysis on these issues from our linked household and school surveys, […]

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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 challenges […]

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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, an estimated […]

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How long does a policy take?

One of my tasks this week was writing a review of further education and training in South Africa as one of the many background papers for the Presidency’s forthcoming twenty year review of progress achieved and challenges ahead. This sparked off a process of reflection about time and policy, not least because I performed the […]

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