Improving Education Outcomes

AVPN Faculty · April 19, 2023

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This is an introduction to the Case Study Learning session on Improving Education Outcomes, happening live on 3 May 2023.

About this module:

There is a crisis in education: while children are attending schools, they are not necessarily learning. Only half of education interventions in low and middle-income countries were found to have an impact on learning outcomes (Lee, 2021). Without significant improvements in learning (e.g. proficiency in reading and maths), children will be denied basic skills, posing a grave threat on their future to lead productive and fulfilling lives as members of society as well as contribute to economic growth. To address this, there is a need to utilise innovative funding models that incentivise learning outcomes and give priority over inputs and activities that do not link to outcomes.

These two videos are pre-requisite learning materials in order to attend the live session.

About the Expert:

Arushi Terway has examined innovative financing for education for the last ten years through an evidence-based approach. She has conducted research on the conceptualisation to implementation of complex innovative financing mechanisms within the education sector that aim to bring equitable quality education to all.

She also serves as the Private Sector Approaches in education research lead at NORRAG where she has built a portfolio of knowledge products on innovative financing for education in achieving more and better financing for education in marginalised communities in developing countries. She also serves as the Lecturer for the Masters course and the Academic Director for the Executive Education Certificate course on Innovative Financing for Education at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. For over 16 years, she has worked on education policy, planning, and development at global organisations like the World Bank, GPE, USAID, SDC, IPNED, FHI360, OSF and R4D.

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Source: Council of Foundations

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