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Learning Inequalities Widen Following COVID-19 School Closures in Ethiopia

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posted on 2023-11-15, 11:52 authored by RISE AdminRISE Admin, Janice Kim, Pauline Rose, Dawit Tibebu Tiruneh, Ricardo Sabates, Tassew Woldehanna

This text discusses the impact of pandemic-related school closures in Ethiopia, particularly on disadvantaged students. It presents emerging evidence from RISE Ethiopia, highlighting the disproportionate effect on the most vulnerable populations. The research, conducted by the REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge, reveals that while dropout rates were lower than expected, learning levels have significantly declined, with a widening gap between rural and urban areas. The article emphasizes the importance of pre-primary education in protecting learning gains and calls for increased investment in early education. It also stresses the need for ongoing monitoring of learning outcomes and socio-emotional development to ensure effective interventions and support for all children affected by the pandemic.

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RISE Funding

FCDO, DFAT and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Publication date

04-May-21