Learning at the bottom of the pyramid: science, measurement, and policy in low-income countries

A picture of a pyramid with tree inside and the title of the paper.
The United Nations development goals have consistently placed
a high priority on the quality of education – and on learning. This
has led to substantial increases in attention to, and international
development assistance for, the improvement of education worldwide.
The development goals are mainly normative: that is, they tend to
emphasize averages across nations, with relatively limited attention to
variations within countries and to those performing at the low end of
the distribution.
Conference on Learning at the Bottom of the Pyramid
, held in
March 2017 at the University of Pennsylvania, aimed to focus attention
on this issue. It brought together experts from around the world to
explore the scientific tensions related to understanding learning among
poor and marginalized populations in low-income countries – those at
the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ or BoP (Wagner and Castillo, 2014).
UNESCO, International Institute for Educational Planning
learning, low-income countries, Education, Access to Education
Marginalized & Vulnerable group:
System wide approach, Curriculum
Level of Education:
Across the education sector
Type of Resources:
Research & Policy Papers
All, Africa, Arab States, Asia & the Pacific, Europe & North America, Latin America & the Caribbean
Language of Publication: