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Estimating the Costs of Achieving Education for All in Low-Income Countries

Type: Research
Year of Publishing: 2010
Keywords: Education for All, educational costs, low-income countries, Global Monitoring Report
This is a background paper commissioned for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2010 for financial gap costing on 47 low-income countries in reaching Education for All goals by 2015. Comment

International Problem Solving through Distance Learning

Type: Research
Author(s): Lent
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: International Problem Solving through Distance Learning, Decentralization in Education Systems, Decentralization, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, The Gambia, Uganda, Zambia
This paper describes not only the learning process through which individuals and groups reflected on their professional, institutional, and education sector priorities, but also how the distance learning course (DLC) titled Accountability, Governance, and Quality of Education Decentralization in Africa used video conferencing and other media as interactive tools. Comment

Pupil Performance and Age: A Study of Promotion, Repetition and Dropout Rates Among Pupils in Four Age Groups in 35 Countries

Type: Research
Author(s): EPDC
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: School performance, age group, promotion, repetition, dropout
This working paper investigates the extent of under- and overage pupils in developing countries and the differences in school performance by age group. The study finds that in the lower grades of primary school, older pupils generally outperform younger ones and younger pupils are far more likely to repeat grades. In higher grades of primary school and in all grades of secondary school, older pupils under-perform; they are less likely to be promoted and more likely to drop out of school than younger pupils.

Global Educational Trends

Type: Research
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Education trends, projections, attainment, inequalities
This report covers ten key education trends in brief two page sections with graphical illustration. The topics include: pre-school attendance, losses in school through dropout, future trends for completion and teacher needs in primary and secondary, inequity by gender and wealth, the role of non-formal education, human capital projections, youth and employment, education and health. Comment

Wealth Still Matters: A Study of Wealth Differentials in Primary School Attendance from 1990-2006 in Developing Countries

Type: Research
Author(s): EPDC
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Education inequality, attendance, wealth, household survey
This working paper examines changes in attendance differentials by wealth over time from 1990-2006 for 61 developing and transitional countries, based on household surveys and finds that school attendance differentials by wealth have declined over time in almost all countries. Declines in wealth differentials are almost universally associated with an overall increase in school attendance. Comment

Efficiency: A Study of Promotion-, Repetion- and Dropout Rates among Pupils in Four Age-groups in Sub-Saharan Africa

Type: Research
Author(s): Wils, Sylla, Oliver
Year of Publishing: 2009
Keywords: Education efficiency, promotion, repetition, dropout, Sub-Saharan Africa
This policy brief measures the extent and effects of under- and overage school attendance among pupils in Sub-Saharan Africa based on household survey data from 22 developing countries. Comment

An Analysis of USAID Assistance to Basic Education in the Developing World, 1990-2005

Type: Research
Author(s): Chapman, Quijada
Year of Publishing: 2008
Keywords: An Analysis of USAID Assistance to Basic Education in the Developing World, Education Data, Information, Learning Outcomes, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia
This study review USAID basic education documents for 33 projects across 23 countries implemented between 1990 and 2005 in order to determine what has been learned from USAID's investment in education systems that might guide continued educational development efforts of the U.S. and other donors. Comment

Oportunidad para Aprender: Una estrategia de gran impacto para mejorar los resultados educativos en los países en desarrollo

Type: Research
Author(s): Gillies, Quijada
Year of Publishing: 2008
Keywords: Oportunidad para Aprender: Una estrategia de gran impacto para mejorar los resultados educativos en los países en desarrollo, opportunity to learn
This paper will argue that the basic opportunity to learn does not exist in many countries, assuring that schools provide these basic elements of an opportunity to learn could potentially yield big improvements in learning. The paper will assess the following questions: 1) what basic factors create the opportunity to learn, and 2) to what extent is the lack of these basic elements a problem in developing countries? Comment

Opportunity to Learn: A high impact strategy for improving educational outcomes in developing countries

Type: Research
Author(s): Gillies, Quijada
Year of Publishing: 2008
Keywords: Opportunity to Learn: A high impact strategy for improving educational outcomes in developing countries
This paper will argue that the basic opportunity to learn does not exist in many countries, assuring that schools provide these basic elements of an opportunity to learn could potentially yield big improvements in learning. The paper will assess the following questions: 1) what basic factors create the opportunity to learn, and 2) to what extent is the lack of these basic elements a problem in developing countries? Comment

Working Paper: Expanding Secondary Education for Sub-Saharan Africa: Where are the Teachers?

Type: Research
Author(s): Moore, DeStefano, Terway, Balwanz
Year of Publishing: 2008
Keywords: Working Paper: Expanding Secondary Education for Sub-Saharan Africa: Where are the Teachers?, Secondary education expansion and teacher shortage, secondary education
This paper looks at the mounting demographic pressure to expand secondary access and contrasts it to the limited ability of current education systems to produce and deploy the necessary numbers of teachers to respond to that pressure. Comment

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