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The Puggle: September 2018 edition

admin | October 4, 2018

Another month gone by! It’s time for Echidna Giving’s take on news related to girls education. There was a flurry of activity this month around the UN General Assembly. In this edition of the Puggle, we highlight three themes that stood out for us: (1) disaggregate your data; (2) think early when it comes to education and gender; (3) share globally.

Disaggregate Data

The Sustainable Development Goals are built on a foundation of equity: ensure that all girls and boys are educated. And yet Dave Evans and Fei Yuan find that among 281 recent impact evaluations of learning interventions, only 1 in 10 show outcomes for low-income students, fewer than 1 in 4 share outcomes for low-performing students, and only 1 in 3 disaggregated by gender. This makes it difficult to know which children are benefiting from education innovations.

And yet we know students benefit differently from interventions. For instance, a recent article in the NYTimes highlights how “students, especially boys, benefit when teachers share their race or gender.” (The same has been found in India.)

The SDG Gender Index is one effort to disaggregate data by tracking progress on gender equality issues across the 17 SDG goals. Unfortunately, less than 25% of the 232 indicators explicitly target women and girls or call for gender disaggregated data. For instance, the data does not tell us how many girls under five years of age who are developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial well-being. Why does it matter? Because we should…

Think Early about Education and Gender

The idea that early childhood education matters is increasingly accepted. The Early Childhood Development and Action Network has started tracking countries’ progress. The latest edition of the Global Education Review provides perspectives from around the globe on Early Childhood Education, sharing evidence on the lasting impact of preschool, lessons for scaling up interventions, and insights about how culture can clash with curriculum.

What’s not the subject of any of these articles? Gender. Jin Chi, a current Echidna Global Scholar at the Brookings Institution aims to rectify this. She writes about the striking fact that “a gender perspective in early childhood education has been largely overlooked” despite research showing that gender stereotypes start young. (Check out the impressive work of all the Echidna Global Scholars here.) We were privileged to participate in a conversation about the intersection of early child development, violence prevention, and fatherhood/gender transformative parenting. We hope these are signs of a broader trend.

Share Globally

The Education Commission launched a new report about the imperative of Investing in Knowledge Sharing to Advance SDG 4. It argues that the education sector should invest more in this by funding global public goods, capacity development, and networks. Strikingly, “only 3% of official development assistance (ODA) in education is allocated to producers of global public goods,” compared with 21% of ODA in health. We also participated in a panel that explored how philanthropy can support effective networks and knowledge sharing. A major theme was the opportunity foundations have to support knowledge and networking grounded in low-income countries to feed up to the global, rather than the other way around.

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  • The Puggle: September 2018 edition

    admin | October 4, 2018

    Another month gone by! It’s time for Echidna Giving’s take on news related to girls education. There was a flurry of activity this month around the UN General Assembly. In this edition of the Puggle, we highlight three themes that stood out for us: (1) disaggregate your data; (2) think early when it comes to education and gender; (3) share globally.

    Disaggregate Data

    The Sustainable Development Goals are built on a foundation of equity: ensure that all girls and boys are educated. And yet Dave Evans and Fei Yuan find that among 281 recent impact evaluations of learning interventions, only 1 in 10 show outcomes for low-income students, fewer than 1 in 4 share outcomes for low-performing students, and only 1 in 3 disaggregated by gender. This makes it difficult to know which children are benefiting from education innovations.

    And yet we know students benefit differently from interventions. For instance, a recent article in the NYTimes highlights how “students, especially boys, benefit when teachers share their race or gender.” (The same has been found in India.)

    The SDG Gender Index is one effort to disaggregate data by tracking progress on gender equality issues across the 17 SDG goals. Unfortunately, less than 25% of the 232 indicators explicitly target women and girls or call for gender disaggregated data. For instance, the data does not tell us how many girls under five years of age who are developmentally on track in health, learning and psychosocial well-being. Why does it matter? Because we should…

    Think Early about Education and Gender

    The idea that early childhood education matters is increasingly accepted. The Early Childhood Development and Action Network has started tracking countries’ progress. The latest edition of the Global Education Review provides perspectives from around the globe on Early Childhood Education, sharing evidence on the lasting impact of preschool, lessons for scaling up interventions, and insights about how culture can clash with curriculum.

    What’s not the subject of any of these articles? Gender. Jin Chi, a current Echidna Global Scholar at the Brookings Institution aims to rectify this. She writes about the striking fact that “a gender perspective in early childhood education has been largely overlooked” despite research showing that gender stereotypes start young. (Check out the impressive work of all the Echidna Global Scholars here.) We were privileged to participate in a conversation about the intersection of early child development, violence prevention, and fatherhood/gender transformative parenting. We hope these are signs of a broader trend.

    Share Globally

    The Education Commission launched a new report about the imperative of Investing in Knowledge Sharing to Advance SDG 4. It argues that the education sector should invest more in this by funding global public goods, capacity development, and networks. Strikingly, “only 3% of official development assistance (ODA) in education is allocated to producers of global public goods,” compared with 21% of ODA in health. We also participated in a panel that explored how philanthropy can support effective networks and knowledge sharing. A major theme was the opportunity foundations have to support knowledge and networking grounded in low-income countries to feed up to the global, rather than the other way around.

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