To reduce poverty and accelerate economic development, governments must invest in primary school education for all. But with limited resources, it is important to invest in programs that increase access, raise test scores, and are cost-effective. How can policy-makers meet these objectives? This briefing will showcase lessons from rigorously-tested school programs in India, Kenya, and Ghana.
Karthik Muralidharan from the University of California, San Diego will present results from nearly 10 years of primary field research conducted on the quality of primary education in India. He will also discuss policy challenges and options for effectively implementing the recently passed “Right to Education” Act in India.
Leigh Linden from the University of Texas will review the results of three primary and pre-primary education projects in India, and discuss how integrating particular treatments into the existing educational context affects the estimated treatment effects.
Michael Kremer from Harvard University will discuss a girls’ scholarship program implemented in the early 2000’s in Kenya, and how over a decade later, women’s social and political attitudes and decisions have shifted with more education.
Annie Duflo, Executive Director of Innovations for Poverty Action, will speak on a pioneering evaluation of a remedial education project in Ghana. The Teacher Community Assistant Initiative, first developed in India, has been adapted, re-evaluated, and scaled-up across India, resulting in 33 million children reached through the Read India program. The project is now being piloted and tested in Ghana.
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