It’s time to learn together and get education right for all children
From separate silos to close collaborations: the COVID-19 pandemic is giving us an opportunity to build and strengthen the links between education programs implementers and researchers, to ensure that we learn from this crisis and use robust evaluations to improve learning results for children.
The COVID-19 crisis reminds us of the importance of reliable data and robust evidence to inform the health choices we make, but also the choices in education. During school closures, how can appropriate forms of technology help to reach all learners, rather than only the lucky few? How can that technology be used to develop the skills that matter most for work and life?
When is it safe – for learners, for teachers and for their families and communities – to reopen schools? Which students have been left behind most? How can we help them catch up on their lost learning? How do we encourage and support teacher leadership and teacher effectiveness in these challenging times? And what about parent involvement?
In our experience, this works best when researchers like the REAL Centre and implementers like VVOB come together to understand, apply and scale approaches informed by research – rather than working independently in separate silos.