Nudges to Improve Parental Engagement and Gender Disparity in Remote Education During COVID-19 in Ghana

Principal Investigator: Dr Sharon Wolf

Co Investigator: Dr Elisabetta Aurino 

Funder: World Bank and Jacobs Foundation

Duration: 2020-2021

Website: poverty-action.org

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, remote learning has been introduced in Ghana to ensure children continue learning while schools are closed. Equitable access to education is difficult to maintain during remote learning, and may increase inequalities by child gender and household backgrounds. To address this challenge, researchers have partnered with IPA and Movva Technologies to evaluate the impact of a text-message-based behavioral change intervention on improving parental engagement in educational activities, parental beliefs about returns to education, as well as improvements in children’s learning, enrollment, attendance and gender parity in education.