How effective are different approaches to higher education provision in increasing access, quality and completion for students in developing countries? Does this differ by gender of students?

This review focuses on how to effectively increase access to and quality in higher education in developing countries. 175 research papers on the impact of higher education policies and methods of provision on access, quality and gender issues in developing countries, available in English language, were systematically reviewed. The majority of the studies fell into… Read more




Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) Annual Review

The GESS project aims to increase enrolment, retention and levels achievement for girls in South Sudan. This review finds good progress on all three outputs. The continuing insecurity in the three Greater Upper Nile States has clearly impacted project progress, and a programme level Interim Strategy has been put in place to ensure GESS is… Read more




A stepping-stones approach to leaving no one behind in learning

To ensure the rhetoric of leaving no one behind becomes a reality, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) give rise to an important practical question: how can we monitor progress to ensure we know if we have been successful? As our new DFID-funded paper for HEART shows, it is vital that the commitment to leaving no… Read more




Forming Alliances in Education, Disability, and Development (BAICE Thematic Forum)

On July 16, 2015, I was lucky enough to find myself in the midst of an enthusiastic group of approximately 40 academics, Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) representatives, and activists who had gathered at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge for the fourth and final (for now!) BAICE Forum on Education, Disability, and Development,… Read more




Primary Education Support Programme (PESP) in Tanzania Case Study Report

This the full case study report on the Primary Education Support Project (PESP) in Tanzania.  This was a two-year (2011/12-2013/14) project aiming to procure and distribute books and desks to all primary schools in Tanzania mainland. PESP aims at improving the quality of primary education by providing necessary inputs in schools. Overall this was a successful… Read more




Primary Education Support Programme (PESP) Tanzania Summary

This the executive summary of a case study report on the Primary Education Support Project (PESP) in Tanzania.  This was a two-year (2011/12-2013/14) project aiming to procure and distribute books and desks to all primary schools in Tanzania mainland. PESP aims at improving the quality of primary education by providing necessary inputs in schools. Overall… Read more




Evaluating an improved quality preschool program in rural Bangladesh

An important goal of education in developing countries is to implement and improve early childhood education. A pre–post intervention–control design was used to compare a piloted-revised versus a regular preschool program offered by an organization in rural Bangladesh. After 7 months in operation, the quality of the piloted-revised program was higher than the regular program,… Read more




Early childhood diarrhea predicts impaired school performance

OBJECTIVE: Diarrhea is a leading cause of mortality worldwide; however, its long-term morbidity is poorly understood. Recently, early childhood diarrhea (ECD) has been associated with impaired physical fitness, growth and cognitive function 6 to 9 years later. We studied the effects of ECD on school functioning in a shantytown in northeastern Brazil. DESIGN: We administered… Read more




The Effects of Primary School Quality on School Dropout among Kenyan Girls and Boys

Studies of 36 rural elementary schools in Kenya and interviews with 774 adolescents in the schools’ attendance areas found that dropping out was significantly related to individual and family variables, with many stronger effects for girls than boys, and that girls’ remaining in school was discouraged by nonsupportive classroom environments, unequal treatment of boys and… Read more




Predicting early grade retention: A longitudinal investigation of primary school progress in a sample of rural South African children

Background. One hundred and fifty rural South African children, newly enrolled in Grade 2 in 1994, were retraced in 1998 when they were scheduled to have entered Grade 7. Only 39% of the cohort had progressed smoothly to Grade 7; more than a third (36%) had left their original primary school, and 25% had been… Read more




Continuing effects of early enrichment in adult life: The Turkish Early Enrichment Project 22 years later

Long-term studies of early intervention, spanning over decades, are scarce in the United States and nonexistent in the rest of the world. The Turkish Early Enrichment Project (TEEP) is the only non-U.S. example to date. This paper reports a new follow-up assessment of the long-term outcomes of TEEP, an intervention carried out in 1983–1985 with… Read more




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