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2020 Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2020 – Update

Meeting the Challenges of COVID-19

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The Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India is a bi-annual publication on regional economic growth, development and regional integration in Emerging Asia. It focuses on the economic conditions of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. It also addresses relevant economic issues in China and India to fully reflect economic developments in the region.

The update of the Outlook comprises three main parts, each highlighting a particular dimension of recent economic developments in the region. The first part presents the regional economic monitor, depicting the economic outlook and macroeconomic challenges in the region. The second and third parts consist of special thematic chapters addressing major issues facing the region. The second chapter of this update focuses on the Covid-19 outbreak, discussing in particular the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic. An analysis of the quality of education in the region is discussed in the third chapter.

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Boosting education quality in Emerging Asia: Recommendations from pisa 2018

The COVID-19 pandemic has left a majority of students worldwide out of school, even if temporarily. While ensuring continuity of education and learning, countries in the region need to address various challenges to improve the quality of education. Access to education will need to be further improved, while at the same time paying more attention to its quality. Properly trained teachers as well as appropriate teaching strategies and a positive environment are crucial to ensure productive learning. Addressing socio-economic divides in various aspects, including digital infrastructure, as well as gender gaps in students’ participation and performance is necessary.

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