REAL Centre research reveals ‘what works’ in education, for whom, and at what cost
Data from Camfed’s girls’ education programme in Tanzania demonstrates that equity considerations improve overall effectiveness.
A new policy paper released by the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge, using Camfed data, shows the impressive impact of raising learning for marginalized girls in Tanzania. The research has emerged just days before Presidents Macky Sall of Senegal and Emmanuel Macron of France convene with global leaders in Dakar for The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing Conference “An Investment in the Future” (1-2 February).
“In terms of cost-effectiveness, Camfed’s program in Tanzania fares well on average compared with other similar education interventions. Taking into account that Camfed’s program is focused on the most marginalized girls, this result is all the more impressive.” - Professor Pauline Rose, Director of the REAL Centre
The REAL Centre’s cost-effectiveness analysis finds that, for all children supported through Camfed’s program, the impact is equivalent to an extra 1.7 years of schooling per $100 spent. This increases to an impact equivalent of an extra 2.4 years of schooling per $100 spent, when explicitly taking equity considerations into account.
Key messages in the report include that:
- Whilst it may cost more to reach the most marginalized children, the impact per dollar spent provides greater value for money.
- Camfed’s program has been able to attain similar cost effectiveness outcomes to ones that have not included the aim of reaching the most marginalized.
- Inclusive education systems will function for everyone if they function for the most marginalized.
Camfed is an international non-profit organisation tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their empowerment is now transforming communities