Can digital personalized learning end the world’s education crisis?

Andaleeb Alam, Nathan M. Castillo

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Learning is in crisis. Even before COVID-19, 53 percent of children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) were unable to read and understand a simple text by the age of 10. The pandemic is expected to push that figure up to 70 percent.

The past decade has generated major advances in technology and experimentation with digital learning solutions that enable a new kind of experience – by tailoring learning to the needs of the individual; what we are calling digital personalized learning.

Digital personalized learning has shown promise in LMICs in closing education gaps for lower-attaining students by allowing them to learn at their own pace and to their own proficiency, positioning it as a potential tool to address learning gaps as the worst of the pandemic recedes.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Specialist publicationEducation for All
PublisherGlobal Partnership for Education
StatePublished - Jun 20 2022


  • Learning
  • Technology in education
  • Policy action
  • Inclusive education
  • Global studies


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