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Reflections on seven years at J-PAL Africa working to inform policy with evidence

The TaRL Africa Board of Directors meets in Botswana; author Emily Cupito is pictured in the bottom row, second from right. Photo: Noam Angrist, Young 1ove. After seven years working with J-PAL Africa, I am transitioning to a new role working in local school systems in the United States. Working with J-PAL Africa (and, in …

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OPINION EDITORIAL: PRIORITIZE TEACHING TO CHILD’S LEARNING LEVEL

A TaRL classroom in Kenya. Credit TaRL Africa   Many children in sub-Saharan Africa who are enrolled in primary school do not learn the most basic literacy and numeracy skills. These skills include reading, writing, and performing simple mathematics like additions and subtraction. Emerging data shows that this inequality in learning has been further exacerbated …

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TaRL National conference in Nigeria brings together actors in education to address foundational learning

Ongoing panel discussion at the TaRL National Conference in Abuja, Nigeria. The discussion highlights the importance and challenges of foundational skills amongst learners in Nigeria. Credits: TaRL Africa The Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) National Conference was held in Abuja, Nigeria on the 27th and 28th of June, 2022. This first-of-its-kind event brought together …

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Nigeria expansion: Spotlight on Kaduna and Bauchi

Learners in a TaRL classroom activity. Photo Credits: TaRL Africa The governments of Kaduna and Bauchi states have committed to implementing Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) pilots after a successful TaRL programme that was implemented in Borno state in November 2021. The pilots are being led by the respective State Universal Basic Education Boards …

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Programme d’Enseignement Ciblé, an innovative approach to ensuring the acquisition of fundamental skills for all children

Programme d’Enseignement Ciblé, an innovative approach to ensuring the acquisition of fundamental skills for all children Over the past decade, access to primary schooling has improved worldwide, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Most low- and middle-income countries have made tremendous progress in promoting schooling and now have primary school enrollment rates close to those of high-income …

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Bridging the Gap Program Shines a Ray of Hope for Refugee Children in Kyaka II Refugee Settlement in Uganda

Learners playing number jump during a TaRL session.   Photo: YARID Schools recently re-opened in Uganda at the beginning of 2022, nearly two years after closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is not only COVID-19 that has kept refugee children from accessing education in Uganda. Refugee children in Uganda also require a minimum qualification …

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Simple, Timely Learning Assessments Are Essential to Driving Instruction That Leads to Improvements in Learning Outcomes

A teacher facilitating a TaRL numeracy activity in Nigeria. (Photo: British Council) In line with the RISE messaging campaign action of ‘Measure learning reliably, regularly, and relevantly’, we discuss one example of what such learning measurement looks like in the context of Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) in Nigeria.   Many learners in Nigeria still complete …

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The TaRL approach invests in systems and educators to strengthen children’s foundational skills

A teacher facilitating a TaRL numeracy activity. Photo: TaRL Africa   Foundational literacy skills such as reading, writing, and arithmetic are important. These skills help children learn and master concepts in school, which build them to become successful, productive individuals. As the world commemorates the fifth International Day of Education under the theme “to invest …

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