As Yogi Berra said, “It is hard to make predictions, especially about the future.” It is true some things are hard to predict, even as they are about to happen: few in 1988 predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall; few in 2009 saw the Arab Spring coming; few in the midst of the Cultural Revolution predicted the incredible economic rise of China. But we do know something about the quite distant future. We know exactly the state of basic education of the future generation. Why?
In this episode of EI Dialogues, the focus is on Professor Lant Pritchett. Professor Pritchett is a development economist and currently, the RISE Research Director at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. During the conversation, he provides a background about the challenges within education in the Indian context while explaining the importance of Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) and sharing instances from education research.
RISE team member Yue-Yi Hwa recorded the following presentation for the World Literacy Summit (www.worldliteracysummit.org) in 2020. The conference moved to an online platform following the COVID-19 pandemic.
School of Education (LUMS) EduSpeak: The Global Learning Crisis – What We Do Know, What We Don’t by Prof. Lant Pritchett
RISE Research Director Lant Pritchett delivered a talk, “The Global Learning Crisis: What We Do Know, What We Don’t”, hosted by the Syed Ahsan Ali & Syed Maratib School of Education, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on 7 February 2020. The discussion centred around the education sector and how it has become much more complex over the years. Additionally, Pritchett spoke on the ‘Learning Crisis’ and how systems need to be realigned to counter the issue.
PAL Network Conference - Ensuring All Children Learn: Lessons on Inclusion and Equity from the South (Rukmini Banerji Keynote Address)
RISE Intellectual Leadership Team member Rukmini Banerji was invited to give a keynote address on 5 November at the 2019 PAL Network Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal. As a "Godmother" of the PAL Network and CEO of Pratham, Banerji took a moment to look back at the beginning of the PAL Network and why the organisation was established.
A new working paper from the RISE Indonesia Country Research Team has the incredible benefit of having panel data on learning—tracking the same children on what they know over time—a rarity in the development space.
Source: Luis Crouch, using data from EGRA learning assessments and other publications, and taking a stylized average across sets of countries.
On the eve of the 2015 United Nations conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of us (Eric Hanushek) wrote an article in Foreign Affairs giving the Conference some unsolicited advice. The article, “Teach the World,” urged that the global education goal, this time, focus on the right outcome.