What Keeps Kids from Learning?


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What keeps kids from learning? It’s a question that is on everyone’s mind – and an important one -- as the global community looks to move beyond universal access to universal educational achievement. Watch below as Shanta Devarajan, the World Bank’s Chief Economist for Africa, interviews Rakesh Rajani of the East African NGO Twaweza, who gives an excellent overview of the learning problem faced in Tanzania and by many other low-income countries around the globe.


Shanta Devarajan interviews Rakesh Rajani from Sense Film Production on Vimeo.


Twaweza's report on Tanzania, Are Our Children Learning? can be found here.



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Helen Abadzi
February 21, 2011

The interview states the sensible hypothesis that stronger relationships of accountability will require education systems with more real-time feedback and decision making at all levels of the educational process.
But how are 'accountability relatioships' operationally defined and measured? What experimental evidence exists for the causal model that the HD network has proposed? It would be very interesting to show staff research where student performance improved and also 'accountability relationships' improved.

Christine Horansky
February 22, 2011

You may also be interested to read the following blogs which explore this topic: Harry Patrinos reviews the history and significance of school-based management, in short, putting the power of decisions about how the school is run at the local level. http://blogs.worldbank.org/education/waiting-for-school-autonomy

Tackling the issue of public accountability, Emiliana Vegas weighs what incentives and tools teachers need in order to maximize student learning within the classroom. http://blogs.worldbank.org/education/can-public-accountability-motivate…

Rakesh Rajani
March 21, 2011

@Helen Abadzi good of you to demand experimental evidence. A team of US academics (Dan Posner, Evan Lieberman, Lily Tsai from MIT and Princeton) are currently working on an evaluation design for Uwezo. Within a few months we hope to have more information on www.twaweza.org.

Christine Horansky
March 22, 2011

Dear Rakesh, Thanks so much for your comments and pointing out the upcoming evaluation of Uwezo. We enjoyed your interview and appreciate the feedback.

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