Tracking of aid to early childhood development needs to improve

All the evidence is there -in fact we have known about the importance of ECD for future lives for decades and now we have the neuroscience to support this. So why does health and nutrition,rather than the whole child be the focus of attention of donors -is it because it is easier?

This blog was written by Asma Zubairi, a researcher at REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge. How much do donors spend on early childhood development? This is the key question for our new report for Theirworld Just beginning: Addressing inequality in donor funding for Early Childhood Development. Early Childhood Development (ECD) is widely recognised […]

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Gender stereotypes in Bangladeshi, Indonesian, Malaysian and Pakistani textbooks

There is nothing new in identifying racial and gender stereotypes in textbooks. What is problematic is that it still happens. Stereotypes start to develop at home from birth onwards – the age of 3 has been researched as an age when children take on racial prejudice, so the textbooks may just be reinforcing views developed much earlier,but that is no excuse…..


By M Niaz Asadullah, Professor of Development Economics at the University of Malaya, Malaysia, and Kazi Mukitul Islam, German Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Female education is widely believed to benefit society through both economic and non-economic channels. Yet, for decades, girls around the developing world have lagged behind boys in education. Realizing the seriousness of the […]

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Stepping up the pace towards gender equality in education

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women everywhere. It also acts as a reminder that although much has been accomplished around the world, there is a long way to go to reach full equality. For this to happen, we must empower every girl and woman […]

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Edtech for Learning in Emergencies and Displaced Settings

Having some success with simple mobile phones for monitoring the work of volunteers in Tanzania -it is good to see the explosion of possibilities for using mobile technologies, particularly for isolated and rural contexts.

[REVIEW] Edtech for Learning in Emergencies and Displaced Settings
Michaelle Tauson and Luke Stannard, Save the Children

The purpose of this report is to build an understanding of ‘what works’ in educational technology (EdTech) to ensure that children can learn in crisis or displaced settings. The field of EdTech is vast, and has influenced almost every facet of modern educational delivery. This report will focus on ‘child facing’ EdTech, which refers to technology – both software and hardware – designed directly for use by the child or by a teacher, parent, or facilitator working with a child.

Overall, this report amasses evidence to develop a more nuanced understanding of what is required to implement effective and ethical EdTech programmes that lead to children learning, asking the research question: How can the utilisation of EdTech (at home or at school) for teaching and learning best facilitate the learning process of children in crisis-affected settings?

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2017/2018 GEM report -accountability

The 2017/8 Global Education Monitoring Report, Accountability in education: Meeting our commitments, fulfils its mandate to follow countries’ progress towards achieving the global education goal but also focuses on the theme of accountability in education. Why did we choose to write about accountability this year? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding […]

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International Mother Language Day

Today, on International Mother Language Day, which is focused on the importance of linguistic diversity for sustainable development, it is important to remember what difference being taught in your mother tongue can make one one’s ability to learn. Choices over the language of instruction can have a huge impact on learning outcomes In most countries […]

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The research is not new, that children taught in their mother tongue , in the early years, at least, are more likely to develop literacy skills but also to achieve in formal schooling, with its demands for literacy across the curriculum. What is also important is children’s cultural and linguistic roots and their feeling of self worth, knowing that teachers respect their families, home language and the cultural diversity.

Unfortunately, having worked in both Vietnam and Tanzania, political issues come before child rights and the national language is the only one that can be accepted. Some countries, such as Zambia, have recently heeded the call and have allowed children to learn in their mother language during the first three years of formal schooling, which at least gives them time to develop their literacy frameworks, so that learning in a second language is much easier.

What do we mean by literacy in a digital world?

Still hard to believe that so many parents and caregivers may not be able to read, let alone be digitally literate.


The meaning of the word literacy has developed continuously over the years. Today, the fact that International Literacy Day is on the theme of literacy in a digital world reminds us how the world has changed. At the end of the US Revolution in 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote from Paris that, “were it left to […]

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