Local decision makers, civil society, teachers, and parents need to be engaged with and driving reforms if teaching is going to shift sufficiently to tackle Asia's learning crisis.

Even before COVID-19, the world was facing a learning crisis with vast swathes of the world's children not even learning to read and the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic will inevitably make this situation worse.

While school attendance has increased worldwide in recent years, hundreds of millions of children are attending school without achieving even basic learning outcomes.

Why aren't these children getting the education they need and what can countries in Asia and the Pacific do to improve their prospects? Our analysis of teaching practice research reveals crucial lessons for consideration moving forward.

The most striking finding is that teaching is poor quality in large parts of the region. Some economies in the region have very low levels of learning; in at least six Asian countries, more than half of children are not even achieving basic literacy and numeracy by the end of primary school. - blog.adb.org/blogs