Sumary of Covid-19 creates a window for school reform in Africa:
- Pupils who fail to grasp basic literacy and numeracy when they are tiny cannot make sense of anything that comes next..
- (According to UNESCO, schools in sub-Saharan Africa shut for an average of 23 weeks.) A recent study of children affected by an earthquake in Pakistan in 2005 found that they ended up falling behind by one and a half years, even though their classrooms shut for only three months..
- Its model, known as Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL), uses speedy oral tests to sort children in their last years of primary school into groups that match their learning levels, rather than their age..
- For years Pratham programmes have been studied by economists from the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology..
- In 2019 the two outfits set up a new organisation, called TaRL Africa, which aims to spread its model of remedial teaching across the continent….