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NEW GEM Report papers:
How textbooks and language can help or hinder learning


A new policy paper released to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos shows that cutting through debates about the quality of textbooks is a fundamental problem: millions of children simply do not have access to such materials at all. The GEM Report shows how the private sector could turn the textbook market around. 

According to the paper, Every Child Should Have a Textbook, centralized financing mechanisms could allow for a US$3 reduction in the price of each textbook and save almost US$1 billion a year from the cost of learning materials in sub-Saharan Africa alone. Kenya, for example, could save $US64 million from its textbook bill, Malawi nearly US$33 million.

The proposed model, could more than triple the number of textbooks available in the region, GEM Report says.

> Download the paper

A new policy paper, ‘If you don’t understand, how can you learn?’ released for International Mother Language Day shows that being taught at school in a language different from the one spoken at home can negatively impact children’s learning, especially for those living in poverty. Yet, it reports that 40% still don't access education in a language they understand. 

Drawing on its World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE), the paper shows the breakdowns for learning in countries, depending on the language of assessment.

It recommends that schools provide for at least six years of mother tongue instruction so that gains from teaching in a child's mother tongue in the early years are sustained.

> Download the paper
New Spanish blog
Our new Spanish language blog - the "Blog de la Educación Mundial" - is receiving up to 200 visitors a day already. The blog is aimed at our Spanish speaking audience in Latin America and the Caribbean and elsewhere. Please help share the link to the new Blog with your networks

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A month of other blogs
Since our last Newsalert, our blog has analysed the new UNSG's Report in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit , voiced concerns about a possible change to private education in Liberia, delivered new analysis on humanitarian aid to education in Syria, and featured a guest blog on the forthcoming Global Book Fund.

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Coming soon....
The GEM Report will be releasing its third policy paper in 2016 on the content of textbooks, and what our children are being taught in schools. 
The paper will be released to coincide with World Book Day at the end of April 
Contact the GEM Report to find out more.

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