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  • Reply to: Trends in returns to schooling: why governments should invest more in people’s skills   1 week 6 days ago

    This analysis is really valuable and, as all of Harry Patrons' writing, of immediate and broad practical relevance. However, I think it would be useful to go one step farther to focus not only on "higher education" in general but on curriculum design in higher education so as to promote more utilization of curricula targeted to development of "functional competencies", that is the skills required for successful labor market participation. The foundation for such curricula needs to be a targeted effort to develop "learning to learn" skills and increased ability to engage in self-directed lifelong learning (especially as internet connectivity improves in even less-developed countries). The analyses that OECD has done provide a blueprint. Insights from the developed world do have applicability in less-developed countries' labor markets.

  • Reply to: Why school enrollment is not enough: A look inside Haiti’s classrooms   2 weeks 6 hours ago

    Completely agree with your point that it all begins with providing excellent short of universal enrollment, this is a big improvement over just two decades ago. Read More

  • Reply to: Globally, periods are causing girls to be absent from school   3 weeks 6 days ago

    what the young girls lack is empowerment, i have engaged myself with young people and i have seen organizations coming together to provide sanitary towels to ensure girls do not miss schools, i wish organizations would do this to ensure that girls are educated more about MH and that having periods is not a crime/punishment but a normal thing

  • Reply to: A push for keeping adolescent girls in school in Malawi and Zambia   1 month 9 hours ago

    The job that is being done to correct the low quality, access, high dropout rates in the education sector is commendable. Indeed as Salome has pointed out structural improvement may help but done in isolation will lead to more problems long term.

    For the WB/IMF, lessons from the 90s SAPs to this region and in particular to the two countries are some of the causes of the low quality of education. Zambia in particular lost some of the most experienced and good educator to regional countries which left the country without leaders to develop/ adjust the curriculum with time.

    As research and elective actions are being taken, consider the impact of low quality to dropout rates. Emphasis on errollment or just one of the cause may have a development embalance. Look at the problem as a whole and we will build a cadre of future leader who will continue to be of great service to their countries. Congratulations on your work and keep it up

  • Reply to: A push for keeping adolescent girls in school in Malawi and Zambia   1 month 3 days ago

    High poverty level remains an underlying factor that inhibits girls' access and retention in school. While it is attainable to address structural causes of gender inequality compounded by the highly patriarchy nature of the two countries' societies, addressing poverty amid poor economic policies and lack of political will which have given way to high cases of corruption and resources mismanagement is a great challenge which calls for deliberate action from the governments in question