RISE Welcomes UK Parliament's Support for Research to Improve Learning Outcomes

A report published today by the UK Parliament's International Development Committee has called for significant investment in global education to ensure inclusive and quality education for all. Highlighting the positive effect of the Department for International Development’s (DFID) funding for research programmes like RISE, the report identifies the need for more data and research to find out what works to improve education.

The 2015 Sustainable Development Goal 4 challenges the global community to work together so that the poorest and most marginalised communities are able to learn, ensuring that ‘no one is left behind.’ In order to achieve this goal, the Committee calls on DFID to continue its support of education research, stating that programmes such as RISE ‘will make a huge contribution to improving education throughout the world.’

Chair of the International Development Committee, Stephen Twigg MP, said:

“With a policy refresh on global education underway at DFID, the Committee is calling on the Department to put the most marginalised children and young people at the heart of their work. The very poorest, disabled children, girls and those affected by conflict and emergencies, should not be left behind.

“The Committee supports the Department’s work to ensure maximum impact for their spending. Resources should be targeted at the foundations of development and the most marginalised groups. This should also be borne in mind for cross-Government funds.

“For some, the situation in global education is a crisis. One of the central aims of Sustainable Development Goal 4, agreed in 2015, was that no-one would be left behind. To achieve this in education will require a substantial increase in finance, access and quality. DFID is recognised as a global leader in promoting education in developing countries and we urge them to champion the needs of the most marginalised children and young people across the world.”

RISE Co-Director, Calum Miller, stated:

“There is compelling evidence of a ‘learning crisis’ in education. The partnerships between the international community and national governments have resulted in greatly improved access to education (particularly for girls). However, in many countries, the data disappointingly suggests that this has not been matched by improvements in the learning outcomes achieved by students. In fact, in a number of countries, these have deteriorated.

“We need urgently to identify the best ways of responding to the learning crisis. We welcome the Committee’s affirmation that investment in education research is vital. The RISE research agenda aims to deepen the evidence base on education systems and how we can deliver better learning for all at scale. The global community has had a relatively limited understanding of how the various elements of an education system work together. If we can better understand the relationship between these elements, investment can be targeted to ensure that all children benefit from a quality education.”

For more information on the Committee’s findings, the full report can be accessed via the UK Parliament website.

RISE is undertaking research in Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Vietnam. Information can be found on the Country Research Team pages.