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Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years

Anissa Molloy, 
Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years

Leave No Child Behind: Invest in the Early Years Report Summary by Light for the World, Open Society Foundations, International Disability and Development Consortium, Early Childhood Development Action Network, Global Campaign for Education, and Global Campaign for Education-US.

The report begins by highlighting the Sustainable Development Goals where inclusive early childhood education is at the root. Key findings and policy recommendations reflected on funding are discussed globally and with a specific focus on Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Why the Right to an Education is #1

As human beings, we tend to think that a change is not always good or beneficial -- that it is scary and unpredictable. For me, I think change is necessary. 

I am from Guatemala, a country in Central America that is marginalized and often called a “Third World Country,” because of poverty, corruption, and gender inequality. I’m not sure why we call them Third World Countries, though, because in fact they are countries in progress, seeking common benefit. 

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The Power of Exchange Programs

Randal Mason, 

In our increasingly interconnected world, how are American schools preparing youth for successful futures? This was the central theme explored at the 4th annual Global Teaching Dialogue hosted by the U.S. Department of State. Hundreds of participants attended the event, including alumni of U.S. government-sponsored international exchange programs, education champions and experts, and international education organizations.

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Event Summary: Education as the Great Equalizer

Anissa Molloy, 

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, Oxfam International and GCE-US co-hosted an event on Education as the Great Equalizer during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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World Humanitarian Day Highlights Campaign to Act for Education in Crisis

Giulia McPherson, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA , 

On World Humanitarian Day, 16 U.S.-based organizations have joined together to encourage continued U.S. Government investments in Education Cannot Wait (ECW), a global initiative striving to ensure access to safe, free, and quality education for all crisis-affected children and youth by 2030.

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Recap – Unifying the Playing Field: Local and Global Movements to Advance the Right to Education

Rachel Serebrenik, GCE-US Public Policy Fellow , 

On Friday, July 12th, the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), Light for the World, RESULTS and GCE-US convened a special day-long event, Unifying the Playing Field: Local and Global Movements to Advance the Right to Education. This special side event for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), convened by the United Nations, took a closer look at the various efforts and challenges in achieving Sustainable Development Goal Four (SDG4), the right to inclusive and equitable quality education for all. The day was filled with rich discussion on collaborative advocacy efforts around the right to quality, inclusive education undertaken by local civil society organizations, national education coalitions, and international organizations.

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Quality Education Requires More than Math and Reading

Heidi Gibson, Director of Global Schools First, CEI, 
Quality Education Requires More than Math and Reading

For years, childhood education professionals have advocated for early access to early childhood development (ECD) programs as a means of leveling the playing field between better-resourced, more affluent students and more marginalized and vulnerable students. Focusing on early literacy and numeracy skills during the pre-primary and primary years can be a useful way to address achievement gaps. However, ECD programs often feel pressured to spend the bulk of their time on specific literacy and numeracy competencies, ignoring some of the “soft skills” that are critical to development in the early years. These skills, including social-emotional learning and global citizenship competencies, not only increase students’ success in school, but also help prepare them for their future as adults.

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