Education, and Education Again (News and Research 257)

“I repeat it for a reason: education and education again” Shavkat Mirziyoyev

At an event in the Kuksaroy residence, Shavkat Mirziyoyev spoke about the coverage of higher education in Uzbekistan, reports. According to him, five years ago the coverage was 9%, now it is 29%. If you ask me if I’m happy, no, not yet. To do this, we must increase the coverage to 50 percent, the head of state said, adding that the state will be strong if the people and scientists have knowledge. I believe that. I am not repeating in vain: education and education again, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The president also stressed that at a recent meeting with entrepreneurs, one guy said that if he was given a chance, he would provide jobs in the IT sector for 100 thousand people. In general, more than 15,000 proposals were received from entrepreneurs and I, if possible, studied them myself. 70% – fair offers. Now we are working on their solution, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

20 high schools in Valcea County will receive electronic equipment through the ROSE project (Secondary Education Project) | 20 high schools in Valcea County will receive electronic equipment through the ROSE project (Secondary Education Project). The project, financed by a loan of 200 million euros granted by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is implemented by the Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research for a period of 7 years, between 2015 and 2022, through school inspectorates – CSI Valcea. ISJ Valcea received electronic equipment for 20 high schools in the county | Mihaela Andreianu: 61 smart boards, 61 video projectors and accessories for 20 high schools in Valcea

Schools across Europe must stay open, say WHO and UNICEF | Governments told educating children safely must be ‘primary objective’ as new school year begins

Schools across Europe must stay open and be made safer for staff and children, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have demanded, as a new term gets under way with the highly transmissible Delta variant still dominant in the region.

Funding the future: Delivering on the promise of education by prioritizing, protecting and increasing domestic budgets | Ruth Kagia | Domestic financing for education is crucial for building robust and resilient education systems. Kenya has implemented key programs to ensure a quality education for all demonstrating the priority it places on education. President Kenyatta calls on other world leaders to do the same | If you plan for a year, plant a seed. If for 10 years, plant a tree. If for 100 years, teach the people. When you sow a seed once, you will reap a single harvest. When you teach the people, you will reap a hundred harvests — 7th Century BC Chinese philosopher Guan Zhong | Domestic budgets remain the principal source of education financing, contributing the majority of total financing requirements of the sector. Resources required to train teachers and pay their salaries, construct and maintain school facilities, provide adequate learning materials, and cover management and administrative costs of the education system, are primarily funded through government budgets…

COVID deepens digital divide in Georgian schools | Poor and rural families are not equipped to handle online school. Now they fear another academic year is going to start with schools still closed.

Kosovo Delays Start of School Year Amid Rise in COVID Cases

Academic Performance and E-learning in Italy | Using data from Google Trends in Italy, we study how different regions reacted to the implementation of online learning through national-wide platforms, such as Google Classroom and WeSchool, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regions with a previously lower academic performance, actively searched more in Google about e-learning tools, surpassing regions with earlier school closures. Analyzing school administrative data before the pandemic we find that teachers in lower performing regions were already using other e-learning tools more than higher performing regions. Complementing this with survey data for students we find that the ones in lower performing regions were also relying more on internet to follow up school lessons and attend additional tutorials. Unlike studies in other countries, our findings suggest that the COVID-19 shock may not change the lower academic performance regions behavior in their usage of e-learning.

Learning Recovery after COVID-19 In Europe and Central Asia: Policy and Practice

The COVID-19 Cost of School Closures in Earnings and Income across the World

HLO (Harmonized Learning Outcomes) | Angrist, N., S. Djankov, P.K. Goldberg and H.A. Patrinos. 2021. Measuring Human Capital using Global Learning DataNature 592: 403-408 | Summary in VoxEU | Data

Learning Loss During COVID-19: An Early Systematic Review