What Will It Take to Improve Learning for All in Ethiopia? Highlights from the RISE Public Research Event in Addis Ababa
Last month, RISE researchers gathered in Ethiopia for RISE’s biannual Country Research Team Meeting, at which representatives from all RISE country research teams (Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Vietnam) met to share and discuss their research in person.
Why is learning in primary education so poor, and how can it be improved? This remains a central question for developing countries today. One explanation focuses on the role of politicians—an approach followed by Agustina Paglayan’s research presented at this year’s RISE conference.
Here at RISE we were excited for the launch of the World Bank's human capital index (HCI), which directly incorporates student learning into its measure of the contribution of health and education to productivity. The index combines five indicators: child survival, school enrolment, quality of learning, healthy growth, and adult survival, into a measure of human capital a child born today could expect to attain by age 18 (per country).
Pakistan’s pervasive gender gap in primary school enrollment puts it behind other South Asian countries including India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh: 65 percent of Pakistan’s primary-aged girls are enrolled, compared to 77 percent of boys.