Regional: Research on Reducing Learning Loss in Asia-Pacific

Sovereign Project | 56126-001

This knowledge and support TA will generate rapid research to: (i) measure the magnitude of learning losses, (ii) characterize and analyze responses by school systems, households, and other actors to limit losses during the pandemic, and (iii) test ways to address losses when schools return to in-person instruction. Given that schools in developing Asia are already in the process of reopening, it is imperative that solutions are quickly presented to policy makers to recover learning losses.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Raitzer, David Anthony
    Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Regional
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name Research on Reducing Learning Loss in Asia-Pacific
Project Number 56126-001
Country / Economy Regional
Philippines
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6915-REG: Research on Reducing Learning Loss in Asia-Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 225,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description This knowledge and support TA will generate rapid research to: (i) measure the magnitude of learning losses, (ii) characterize and analyze responses by school systems, households, and other actors to limit losses during the pandemic, and (iii) test ways to address losses when schools return to in-person instruction. Given that schools in developing Asia are already in the process of reopening, it is imperative that solutions are quickly presented to policy makers to recover learning losses.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a global disruption in education that is unparalleled in modern history. Approximately 1.3 billion children were subjected to closure of face-to-face schooling in more than 150 countries. The developing world has had the greatest disruption, with hundreds of millions of children facing closures that have lasted up to and in some cases more than 2 years, whereas in the developed world, closures were generally not more than several months.

During classroom closure, there has been great variation in the means of primary and secondary education offered. For students who have not received effective education during this period, learning has regressed and learning loss has been substantial. In contrast, students under the most effective teaching arrangements have continued to make progress and learning loss has been less pronounced.

Educational systems will continue to further amplify learning losses if adjustments are not made to address changes in student learning levels due to classroom closure. Those students who fell behind normal patterns of progression will likely lack foundational skills for further learning, so that losses compound over time. Increased learning level heterogeneity will increase mismatches between the level of teaching provided and the learning capacity of students. Solving these challenges requires new evidence on the extent of learning loss, the factors that have conditioned losses, and the effectiveness of learning loss solutions.

Impact

Learning outcomes in primary and secondary education post-COVID-19 enhanced in ADB developing member countries.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Improved policies to address COVID-19 learning losses adopted by developing member countries.

Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Research papers on assessing and addressing learning loss in Asia-Pacific published and effectively disseminated

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Philippines - Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Raitzer, David Anthony
Responsible ADB Department Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department
Responsible ADB Division Economic Analysis and Operations Support Division
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 06 Apr 2022 to 06 Apr 2022
MRM -
Approval 16 May 2022
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 16 May 2022

TA 6915-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 May 2022 - 16 May 2022 30 Nov 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
225,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 225,000.00 30 Sep 2022 0.00

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