Can Technology Improve the Classroom Experience in Primary Education? An African Experiment on a Worldwide Program

Joana Cardim

Universidade Nova de Lisboa and NOVAFRICA

Teresa Molina-Millán

Universidad de Alicante, NOVAFRICA and IZA

Pedro C. Vicente

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, NOVAFRICA, and BREAD

ISSN 2183-0843
Working Paper No 2101
January 2021


Primary school coverage has been increasing in most developing countries. Yet, it has not been accompanied by significant improvements in learning indicators. We implemented a randomized experiment in Angola around the introduction of ProFuturo, a worldwide educational program. The program includes a Computer-assisted Learning (CAL) software directed at improving the regular classroom experience. One year after the program started, we find higher familiarity with technology. Teachers miss fewer days of classes and implement better teaching practices. Students become more interested in learning and pro-social. Finally, the program improves students’ test scores in the most popular subject in the CAL platform.

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