This blog was previously published on the KIX website.
There is much to reflect upon as 2020 has come to an end. We’ve been challenged to reimagine how to work, socialize, learn—and merely co-exist—in the midst of a global pandemic. In the center of this disruption has been education. COVID-19 has laid bare the essential role that education plays in our lives—from providing essential psycho-social, health, and nutritional support; to preparing children and youth for a rapidly changing world with critical knowledge and skills; to providing a safe space that allows for parents to work. Education has taken its rightful center stage in 2020.
And now with a new year ahead of us, the mantra is to build back better. The disruption caused by the pandemic—and its far-reaching impact—requires large-scale, innovative education approaches that transform education systems to meet the needs of all children. But the question remains—how do we do so? How can we best harness what is working and adapt and bring it to more communities? How can we continue to innovate and experiment in ways that address deeply rooted inequities and are sustained beyond short-term project funding cycles?
In an effort to contribute to these fundamental questions and concerns facing education systems around the world, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings is proud to be partnering with the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) to undertake joint action and complementary research to develop and mobilize new evidence and practical guidance on scaling in education, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. Through this new project, known as Research on Scaling the Impact of Innovations in Education (ROSIE), CUE is collaborating with a sub-set of KIX-funded projects to contribute to building an actionable evidence base on sustainable and equitable scaling in education.