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Nobel Prize Winner praises the effective, transformational methodology underpinning EdoBEST

2019 Nobel Prize-winning economist, Professor Michael Kremer’s groundbreaking study into an education methodology started in Kenya, before arriving in Nigeria, has announced learning gains among the ‘largest ever measured in international education’.

The impact shown in the study is among the greatest of any rigorously studied intervention in emerging markets. The methodology powered by NewGlobe, an education technical partner supporting visionary governments in the transformation of public education is the same one used in Governor Obaseki’s education transformation program Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EdoBEST).

NewGlobe’s methodology was  adopted in Edo state across the primary school system in 2018 and since then has delivered impressive learning outcomes, thereby gaining support of the World Bank and enabling extension into hundreds of junior secondary schools and so called ‘progressive schools’ in hard-to-reach areas.

Professor Kremer’s highly anticipated study – published by the University of Chicago in the US –  found that primary and middle school pupils in a NewGlobe program gain almost an additional year of learning (0.89) under the NewGlobe integrated methodology, learning in two years what their peers learn in nearly three.

For early childhood development (ECD) pupils the gains were even bigger. Those pupils supported by NewGlobe gained almost an additional year and half of learning (1.48), learning in two years what their peers in other schools learn in three and a half years.

The findings put the learning gains achieved by NewGlobe in the top 1% of learning gains ever rigorously studied at scale in low and middle income countries. Assuming similar impacts over the course of a student’s primary schooling, those in NewGlobe supported schools would receive 53% more education over the course of their early childhood and primary school career.