LEARNING to Realize Education’s Learning English children 3 years—is the first ever devoted entirely to education. And the timing is excellent: education has long been critical to human welfare, but it is even more so in a time of rapid economic and social change. The best way to equip children and youth for the future is to place their learning at the center.
Schooling without learning is not just a wasted opportunity, but a great injustice. There is nothing inevitable about low learning in low- and middle-income countries. The first dimension of the crisis is the poor learning outcomes themselves. Teachers often lack the skills or motivation to teach effectively. Inputs often fail to reach classrooms or to affect learning. Poor management and governance often undermine schooling quality.
The third dimension of the crisis is its deeper systemic causes. Act on evidence, to make schools work for learners. Align actors, to make the system work for learning. Spotlight 5: Technology is changing the world of work: What does that mean for learning? Spotlight 6: Spending more or spending better—or both?