Compared to Latin America and other regions, Asia scores high on innovation. The reasons are complex but education is fundamental to the process.
Conditional cash transfer programs, in coordination with strategic policies, can improve the educational opportunities of millions of children in Pakistan, especially girls.
Closed borders and health concerns halted international student mobility in 2020, but students are expected to return. Education policy makers need to be ready for a new type of international student that wants both physical and digital learning opportunities.
School reopening should be done on a risk-based approach – with situations closely monitored, particularly for the effect of COVID-19 variants – and school closure be used as a last resort.
Enrollment has improved greatly in Pakistan in recent decades but quality and equity still needs to be addressed. Partnering with private companies could speed the process.
If safe re-opening and remedial actions are not prioritized, Asia’s students will bear the long-term costs of this pandemic.
Teachers need to be provided the tools and training to successfully lead students into making the jump to effective digital learning.
Effective higher education systems are critical for countries to advance. In South Asia, reforming governance structures and practices is a crucial step
Bangladesh not only kept girls in school but improved their lives on multiple levels with a simple, low-cost stipend program. It offers valuable insights for school systems around the world struggling with the pandemic.
Local decision makers, civil society, teachers, and parents need to be engaged with and driving reforms if teaching is going to shift sufficiently to tackle Asia’s learning crisis.