Are our children learning? The status of education in Tanzania in 2015 and beyond

Among children in Standard 7, many are unable to complete Standard 2 work. Among Standard 7 pupils, four out of ten (44%) are unable to read a Standard 2 level story in English, two out of ten (16%) are unable to read a Standard 2 level story in Kiswahili, and two out of ten (23%) are unable to complete Standard 2 level multiplication.

Uwezo Uganda Participates at the 4th Annual National Literacy Conference in Kampala, Uganda

Uwezo Uganda participated at the 4th Annual Literacy Conference held on the 20th – 21st of July 2016. The event was organized by the Reading Association of Uganda (RAU) and presided over by the Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs. Janet Museveni.

Improving learning through simple teaching innovations

What would happen if children were taught by actual learning levels rather than by grade? Maryam Akmal looks at a recent RISE paper to see if this innovative technique made a difference.


Basic education in Nigeria is facing a broad range of challenges which have contributed to the nation’s failure to achieve the now-expired Millennium Development Goals for education, and will make it harder to achieve the education targets associated with the new Sustainable Development Goals.

CIESAS. México en el Diván. “Los aprendizajes al centro”

¿Para qué sirve ir a la escuela? ¿Es importante ir a la escuela?
Preguntamos esto a más de 12000 niños y jóvenes en el sureste dentro del proyecto “Medición Independiente de Aprendizajes-MIA” desarrollado por CIESAS y la Universidad Veracruzana. Las respuestas son contundentes.

The PAL Network Case: Citizen-led Assessments to Improve Learning

Understanding What Works in Oral Reading Assessments, a new e-book from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, draws on the first-hand experiences of donors, implementers and practitioners across 60 developing countries.

Much Ado about Low-Fee Private Schools

I recently visited an educational establishment in Lagos to conduct some research. For ease of comprehension, I shall refer to this establishment as a school. I wanted to understand why parents were choosing to send their children to private schools of questionable quality when tuition-free public schools were available.

Reshma’s future

The official ASER statistic – that a quarter of all children in Std VIII cannot read a Std II level ‘story’ – just does not convey the reality of the situation. I am in a village in Bodhgaya block in Bihar, watching 16-year-old Reshma try to read. She is focused on the task, trying very, very hard.