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September 2021 Education highlights

September 2021 saw two major Education events – and we were delighted to be involved in both.

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There were six themes to this year's conference under the umbrella of Building Back Better in Education and Training: Reimagining, Reorientating and Redistributing. Here are some of our highlights:

Our education consultant, Zara Durrani, presented 'Bouncing back again - using the Ebola experience and rapid assessments to build an evidence-informed and equitable response to Covid in Sierra Leone'.

Divya Nambiar chaired a plenary session focusing on early childhood development.

A plenary session featured a panel from our RISE programme 'Schooling without Learning: A Special Issue on the Implications of Learning Profiles for the Global Learning Crisis', which drew on a recent RISE-organised International Journal of Educational Development Special Issue

Our education specialist Tom Pugh discussed 'Responding to Covid as a workforce - the example of Lebanon' - watch Tom's presentation here:

RISE annual conference

Our RISE programme, which we run together with the Blavatnik School of Government, hosted an event that brought together academics, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss the learning crisis from an education systems perspective. The conference took a hybrid format: it was accessible virtually, and had in-person attendance at conference hubs in Oxford, UK; Abuja, Nigeria; and Washington, DC, USA. Catch all the sessions on YouTube here.

Thought leadership

Each month our education experts share thoughts and ideas on issues relating to the sector. In our latest blog, Hina Khan discusses public-private partnerships as a way forward for girls education in Pakistan.

Read why our RISE programmes’ Community of Practice wrote a letter to UK prime minister, Boris Johnson and Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, ahead of the Global Education Summit. This open letter was published in the Financial Times, and highlighted five key lessons on tackling the global learning crisis from practitioners around the world. 

Our senior consultant, David Jeffery shares his thoughts on filling the funding gap in global education – could this be an opportunity for foundations to step up and help mitigate the impact of foreign aid cuts?

What has been the impact of Covid-19 on low-fee paying schools around the world? Listen to our mini podcast series starting with a focus on South Africa:

Our work

We work directly with ministries of education throughout the globe, helping governments in low-and middle-income countries deliver high quality education for all. Check out some of our major projects here:

Join our team!

We’re looking for consultants of all levels to work with us in Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, and the UK. Find out more here.