Cardim, J., Molina-Millán, T. & P.C. Vicente
Journal of Development Economics – (2023) Vol 164

Keywords: Primary education, Computer-assisted learning, CAL, Field experiment, RCT, Africa, Angola

Abstract: 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 but only in the most popular subject in the CAL platform.