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    Role of Retention in Quality of Learning: Prospects and Perspectives for Improving Education Levels
    (2024-06) Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
    Retention and academic success are issues of concern in education across the world. They are particularly concerning in the context of ensuring student diversity and extending the participation of disadvantaged groups (Crosling et al., 2009). The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report (Global Education Monitoring Report Team, 2023) shows that progress has been made in completion rates worldwide, with 87 per cent and 59 per cent of children completing primary and secondary school, respectively. The Educational Attainment Gender Gap is currently 5 per cent in favour of boys and is expected to close in the next 16 years (World Economic Forum, 2023). However, wide gender gaps persist, particularly in and Asian and Sub-Saharan African countries. Pakistan is ranked No. 142 out of 146 countries for this indicator. With support from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), under the GIRLS Inspire initiative, two partner organisations were supported from 2016 to implement interventions to increase retention in secondary school, help girls who had dropped out of school return to school and support students who had previously dropped out to stay in school. This report assesses the impact of these interventions.
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    How Para-Legal Awareness Can Lead to Women and Girls Dealing Successfully with Rights Violations
    (2024-06) Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
    The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), in partnership with the Centre for Research and Development Initiative (CERADI), implemented para-legal awareness training in rural areas of the Mchinji district in Malawi during 2019–22. The two organisations undertook a research study to understand the scope of women’s empowerment in asserting their rights and in dealing with the violation of those rights after they completed para-legal training. The findings from this systematic investigation serve as evidence of the capacity and confidence generated among women and girls in challenging unequal power relations and seeking change in their gender relations.
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    Women’s Economic Security: A Study on Sustained Income for Farmers and Entrepreneurs
    (2024-06) Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
    The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) conducted a post implementation study in 2023 on female farmers and female entrepreneurs who were trained as part of its development intervention in Malawi and Sri Lanka between 2019 and 2022. The results of this study will influence how COL approaches its future gender-based interventions on women’s economic security. The intervention on which the study is based was designed to enable disadvantaged communities and partner organisations to effectively implement global commitments towards gender equality and women’s empowerment .
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    Policy and Practice of Artificial Intelligence in Teaching and Learning at Post-secondary Educational Institutions in the Commonwealth
    (2024-05) Paskevicius, Michael
    The report presents the findings of a survey findings about the use of AI in teaching and learning amongst post-secondary educational institutions in the Commonwealth. It indicates a clear need for policies to guide the acceptable and ethical use of AI among faculty, staff and learners. Furthermore, all stakeholders need training and development to navigate the use of AI in teaching and learning.
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    Benchmarking of Technology-Enabled Learning at MIER College of Education
    (2024-05) Uys, Philip
    This report presents the findings of the TEL benchmarking carried out at the MIER College of Education (MCE) during March -April 2024. It provides an overview of the methodology, the validated self-study report and an action plan developed by the MCE team.