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Ghalia Ghawi

Education Research Manager

Ghalia supports the implementation and expansion of the research on foundational learning (pre-primary and primary education). She provides technical guidance and support to UNICEF field offices and governments to ensure dissemination and country-level use of research and learning assessment data for equitable and effective education sector policies and plans. Prior to her current role, Ghalia worked as a quantitative research specialist at the Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development in Jordan, where she led a quantitative research portfolio. In this role, she managed research projects that aimed to promote data-driven policy decisions in partnership with policymakers in the country. Some of these projects included: an in-depth exploration of parental engagement with and knowledge of their children aged below six, a national teacher survey that replicated the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) for benchmarking, and an analysis of student learning outcomes from large scale international assessments (i.e., PISA and TIMSS). She also worked as a regional research specialist for the Middle East at Mercy Corps, where she supported the development of a regional research agenda and research across the region. Ghalia holds an MSc in Education (Child Development and Education) from the University of Oxford, and a BSc in Psychology from the University of York.


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