Education Response to COVID-19: How Can Basic Education Be Implemented in Ethiopia?

This blog is written by Dr. Belay Hagos Hailu, the director of Institute of Educational Research at Addis Ababa University and team lead of the Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) programme in Ethiopia. This blog is part of a series from the REAL Centre reflecting on the impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic on research work on international education and development.

Incoherent in Translation? Why We Can Learn from—but Not Copy—Finland’s and Singapore’s Teacher Accountability Approaches

When translating, context matters. In Singapore, calling someone an ang moh does not necessarily mean that they have red hair, as in the literal meaning of the Hokkien term. Rather, ang moh can denote any white person, regardless of hair colour. In Finland, Joulupukki is not (or, at least, no longer) the “Christmas goat” but rather Santa Claus.