Starting primary school in southern Mali: The SIRA School Readiness Study (CIES 2018 presentation)

This presentation was presented as part of the panel, The Equity Initiative: Expanding Access to Quality Pre-Primary Education Opportunities: Using Data and Research to Document Inequity, at CIES 2018.

This presentation will discuss how the Selective Integrated Reading Activity (SIRA) in Mali is using Save the Children’s International Development and Early Learning Assessment (IDELA) to ask and answer pressing questions about the policy implications of current practices. This research will assist the Ministry of Education in Mali (MEN) in considering how to invest in pre-primary activities, formal and informal, and to communicate with schools and families about the importance of a child’s development as s/he enters school.

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