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Despina Karamperidou

Education Research Manager

Despina Karamperidou is an Education Manager at the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, where she leads research on teachers and manages the Time to Teach, the Teachers for All, and the Sport for Development projects. Despina’s research focuses on improving education quality through improved teacher management and training. Her work involves extensive field research and employs multiple qualitative and quantitative data collection and interpretation methods. Despina holds a PhD in Political Science from the European University Institute (EUI) and master’s degrees from the EUI (M.Res. Political Science) and the University of Bristol (M.Sc. Economics). She has received various research grants and completed research fellowships at Yale University and the Central European University. From 2013 to 2015, Despina worked with the Robert Schuman Research Center for Advanced Studies managing projects on migration and state capacity, in the EU and beyond.

Publications

Time to Teach: Teacher attendance and time on task in West and Central Africa
Publication

Time to Teach: Teacher attendance and time on task in West and Central Africa

Teachers are the most important drivers of students’ academic achievement and they are at the heart of learning recovery efforts. Finding out the bottlenecks and necessary conditions for ensuring teachers’ presence at school and in the classroom is essential. Time to Teach is a mixed methods research initiative that aims to find out the contextual, working conditions and policy factors impeding primary school teacher attendance in 11 West and Central African countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, The Gambia, and Togo.
Hora de ensinar: Assiduidade dos Professores e Tempo de Trabalho nas Escolas Primárias de Moçambique
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Hora de ensinar: Assiduidade dos Professores e Tempo de Trabalho nas Escolas Primárias de Moçambique

Este estudo “Hora de Ensinar” combina e reforça a base de evidências sobre o absentismo dos professores do ensino primário em Moçambique.
Unlocking Learning: The implementation and effectiveness of digital learning for Syrian refugees in Lebanon
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Unlocking Learning: The implementation and effectiveness of digital learning for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Digital learning has the potential to offer interactive and personalized learning for children, in and out of school, including the most marginalized. However, depending on programme design, delivery, and use, digital learning can also exacerbate learning inequalities. This report presents tangible findings on the implementation and use of digital learning to improve outcomes for marginalized children in Lebanon. This report focuses on the UNICEF-Akelius Foundation Partnership and its implementation of a digital course used on tablets and mobile phones for language learning of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The report provides findings across three areas: First, the report investigates the digital course’s use in a blended learning environment where it was used on tablets by students as part of traditional face-to-face classroom instruction with teachers. Second, the analysis examines the transition to remote learning where the course was used on devices owned by the household, supported by teachers remotely. Third, the report estimates the effectiveness of the use of the digital course during this period of remote learning from August–November 2020 showing positive results for language and art competencies.
Time to Teach: Teacher attendance and time on task in primary schools in Mozambique
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Time to Teach: Teacher attendance and time on task in primary schools in Mozambique

This Time to Teach study collates and strengthens the evidence base on primary school teacher absenteeism in Mozambique.

Journal articles

Teacher Training and Textbook Distribution Improve Early Grade Reading: Evidence from Papua and West Papua.
Journal Article

Teacher Training and Textbook Distribution Improve Early Grade Reading: Evidence from Papua and West Papua.

Podcasts

A Conversation with our Education Team
Podcast

A Conversation with our Education Team

Videos

Sport for Development Research Case Study: Playing the Game with EduSport in Jamaica
Video

Sport for Development Research Case Study: Playing the Game with EduSport in Jamaica

Phase II of UNICEF Innocenti's Sport for Development research looks at 8 different S4D programmes around the world. This video reveals how sport for ...