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Early childhood education in Ethiopia


Mother and child at Megab Health Center


Early Learning Partnership (ELP) systems research in Ethiopia

Project summary

The Early Learning Partnership (ELP) is a multi-donor trust fund managed by the World Bank. It works with countries to promote increased investment in children’s early years through research, policy planning, project design, and finance. In addition to grants made to country-level activities, ELP identifies opportunities to contribute to the global evidence base of successful approaches for scaling access to quality early learning.

The ELP Systems research in Ethiopia seeks to understand the implementation of early learning provision, including to assess how quality interventions targeted at government-provided pre-primary education have affected children’s access and learning, with particular attention to vulnerable children, including those who are living in rural and remote areas and girls.

Research Team

Lead Researchers: Professor Pauline Rose; Dr Janice Kim; Professor Tassew Woldehanna; Professor Belay Hagos; Professor Tirussew Teferra; Mesele Arraya; Chanie Ejigu

Country partners: Institute of Educational Research at Addis Ababa University; Policy Studies Institute (PSI), Ethiopia.

Duration

April 2017 – December 2021

Funder

Multi-donor funds, via the World Bank

Publications

Persistent inequalities in early years' access and learning: evidence from large-scale expansion of pre-primary education in Ethiopia Kim, J., Hagos Hailu, B., Rose, P., Rossiter, J., Teferra, T. and Woldehanna, T. 2022 Early Childhood Research Quarterly

The implications of COVID‑19 for early childhood education in Ethiopia: Perspectives from parents and caregivers
Kim, J., Araya, M., Hagos Hailu, B., Rose, P. and Woldehanna, T. 2021 Early Childhood Education Journal

The implications of COVID-19 on early learning continuity in Ethiopia: Perspectives of parents and caregivers 
Kim, J., Araya, M., Ejigu, C., Hagos, B., Rose, P. and Woldehanna, T. 2020 Research and Policy Paper No. 20/11

Early learning in Ethiopia: Equitable access and learning. System diagnostic report for World Bank Early Learning Program
Rossiter, J., Hagos, B., Rose, P., Teferra, T. and Woldehanna, T. 2018
Report

Blogs

Learning inequalities widen following COVID-19 school closures in Ethiopia
Janice Kim, Pauluine Rose, Dawit Tibebu Tiruneh, Ricardo Sabates and Tassew Woldehanna, Rise Programme, 2021

Implications of COVID-19 for pre-primary education in Ethiopia: Perspectives of parents and caregivers
Janice Kim, Pauline Rose, Tassew Woldehanna, Belay Hagos Hailu and Mesele Araya, UKFIET, 30 September 2020

The threat of COVID-19 on Ethiopia’s recent gains in pre-primary education
Janice Kim and Pauline Rose, UKFIET, 4 May 2020

Education response to COVID-19: How can basic education be implemented in Ethiopia?
Belay Hagos Hailu, UKFIET, 11 May 2020

Further information

See World Bank website: World Bank Early Learning Partnership