Transforming education: Overcoming crisis, improving learning outcomes
Educational poverty in low- and middle-income countries has reached a tipping point; 53 percent of children are unable to read and understand a story by the end of primary school. This requires an ambitious transformation of the education sector, which is still recovering from the impact of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But returning to the pre-COVID status quo isn’t enough, and ambitious learning recovery and acceleration are needed if we are to have a shot at achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 on inclusive and equitable quality education for all by 2030.
The current education system is at capacity and the demand is only set to increase, with nearly 750 million children expected to be of school age by 2060. This shift will strain education budgets and increase the need for sustained investment in quality education.
But the education gap is also a data gap. According to UNESCO, there is no information on the learning levels of two-thirds of children across sub-Saharan Africa. Gathering and analyzing data is an essential first step for improving learning outcomes, and recent interventions show that progress is possible if efforts focus on classroom practices informed by evidence and data that’s tangible and easy to interpret for teachers and policymakers alike.
This event, co-hosted by Devex and NewGlobe on the occasion of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, will explore outcomes to help improve the quality of education in low- and middle-income countries. It will also shine a light on what’s needed to equip everyone from teachers to education ministries with the data tools needed to drive improved learning outcomes for all.
Join us in New York or online as we discuss how to transform education!