Addressing Learning Loss and Social Exclusion in Bangladesh: Insights from IID’s Presentation at CIES 2023

Do we know to what extent have COVID-induced socioeconomic shocks contributed to the progression loss in learning among 5 to 16-year-old children in Bangladesh? 

There was always a debate on the quality of learning and the education system of Bangladesh. Since Covid-19, education resilience and vulnerability have been given greater attention. The closure of schools for 82 weeks due to virus prevention measures resulted in a significant disruption of students’ regular education process. This has led to a nearly insurmountable scale of learning loss, particularly for marginalized communities with different realities and needs.

To shed light on it, IID conducted a study, titled “Impact of system shocks on learning level and learning loss that increase social inequity”. The preliminary findings from the study were presented on February 15, 2023, in a session titled “Role of Educational Leadership in addressing learning losses and social exclusion” at the 67th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). This year’s CIES 2023 theme “Improving Education for a More Equitable World,” made the presentation especially relevant. Wajeeha Bajwa chaired the session.

Furthermore, Syeed Ahamed, CEO of IID, demonstrated the significant impact of various system shocks, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, on the progression loss and the resulting learning loss that increases social inequity.

The study was supported by GPE and in collaboration with The People’s Action for Learning (PAL) Network.

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