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Mathieu Brossard

Chief, Education

Matt has been appointed as Chief of Education of the UNICEF’s Office of Research-Innocenti in July 2019. He joined UNICEF in 2012 as Senior Education Advisor at UNICEF Headquarters where he was leading the Education Systems, Innovations, Data and Evidence for Results (SIDER) team, responsible for leading on strategy development (including the UNICEF Global Education Strategy 2019-2030: Every Child learns); innovations; evidence and analytical tools for policy dialogue at country level. Before joining UNICEF, Matt served at the World Bank as Senior Education Economist (2006-2012), at UNESCO/IIEP/Pole de Dakar as Education Policy Analyst (2001-2006) and at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics as Education Statistician (1998-2001). Matt is a graduate of the French National School of Statistics and Economics and also holds a “Diplôme d’Études Approfondies” in Sociology from Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po).
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This paper summarizes the recent UNICEF analysis on investing in early childhood education in developing countries. It provides a benefit-cost analysis of investments in pre-primary education in 109 developing low- and middle-income countries and territories, using data from 2008 to 2019.


Atsuko Muroga; Htet Thiha Zaw; Suguru Mizunoya; Hsiao-Chen Lin; Mathieu Brossard; Nicolas Reuge

This research brief is one of a series that explores the impact of COVID-19 on education. It focuses on the potential parental role in learning and its association with foundational reading and numeracy skills. Fifty-three per cent of children in low- and middle-income countries cannot read and understand a simple text by the end of primary school age. In low-income countries, the learning crisis is even more acute, with the ‘learning poverty’ rate reaching 90 per cent. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, 191 countries have implemented countrywide school closures, affecting 1.6 billion learners worldwide. In India alone, 320 million students from pre-primary to tertiary level are affected by school closures. In sub-Saharan Africa, 240 million are affected. With children currently not able to study in classrooms, the importance of learning at home is amplified and the task of supporting children’s learning has fallen on parents at a much larger rate. This is a significant burden, particularly for those who are also teleworking and those with limited schooling themselves.


Mathieu Brossard; Manuel Cardoso; Akito Kamei; Sakshi Mishra; Suguru Mizunoya; Nicolas Reuge


Can we count on parents to help their children learn at home? (18 May 2020)

This blog shows the disparities across and within countries in children’s reading skills and looks at the associations between parenta ...

Lessons from COVID-19: Getting remote learning right  (18 May 2020)

The massive scale of school closures has laid bare the uneven distribution of technology to facilitate remote learning and the lack of ...


COVID-19 and Education for Children: Lessons Learned



Adding to global knowledge on what improves school settings and how children experience education systems.