Welcoming two new initiatives to accelerate quality teaching and learning in Africa MORE

“So, now close your eyes and imagine we have arrived at the year 2030. What does Africa’s education now look like?” invited our facilitator, Dzingai Mutumbuka. My imagination wanders, and I see Africa’s children running around the school, happy, and fulfilled.

Citizen-led educational monitoring shows promise

According to a review undertaken by Charlotte Waters at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the citizen-led approach being used in India, Mali, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda is yielding reliable information about children’s basic learning levels, measuring change in these levels and raising awareness of local issues.

LEARNigeria hosts Technical Review Workshop

LEARNigeria hosted its first Technical Review workshop in Lagos, from 26th -28th, April, 2016 to review its Citizen Led Assessment, develop new test instruments and review the survey methodology.

Mauritania, Malawi and Zambia Exposure visits to Uwezo Kenya

Uwezo Kenya played host to Malawi and Mauritania from May 25th to the 27th 2016, when they came in for an exposure visit on Citizen-Led Assessments (CLA). Zambia was again hosted by Uwezo Kenya in June. The three countries were in Kenya to learn more about the Citizen-Led Assessment (CLA) Movement.

PAL Network Members Support New Countries

Many countries at the PAL Network attribute joining the Citizen-Led Assessment (CLA) movement having been inspired by India’s ASER Centre model.

Should we reconsider the faces of research in teaching? Retelling a teacher’s story in Senegal

“What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?” Asks Marcus Cicero in praise of teachers. The Economist magazine recently acclaimed the contribution of teachers in not just educating children and nurturing the future, but even in shaping the economy.

Incentivising national scale increases in reading skills in Tanzania

Late in 2015 I jointly posted with Dr. Abhijeet Singh of the Young Lives team in Oxford: Getting learning assessments right when money depends on it about a novel, national scale experiment that directly links financial aid for education to improvements in student learning outcomes.


El proyecto Medición Independiente de Aprendizajes (MIA), arrojó que, entre los estudiantes evaluados de 5º año de primaria, el 25.7 por ciento de los alumnos de Quintana Roo no son capaces de leer una historia de 2º de primaria, contra los 19.4% de Puebla, el 17.6% de Yucatán, y el 13.8% de los niños veracruzanos.

Through Naisiae’s Eyes: The Impact of Illiteracy

Meet Naisiae. Naisiae is about 28 years old, although she is not sure because, in her community, they do not celebrate birthdays on a calendar. Naisiae lives in a small manyatta (hut made from sticks, cow dung, and grass) on the border of Kenya and Tanzania, with her four children

Understanding what works in oral reading assessments

When assessing whether children can read, we should remember why reading is so critical, and why we should be concerned when children miss out on this critical skill. Everyone reading this blog had a moment in childhood when meaningless swirls on a page began to make sense.