Promoting quality education for all.

Raising Youth Voices During COVID-19

Megan Testen, Fellow at GCE-US, 
Raising Youth Voices During COVID-19

COVID-19 has impacted the daily lives of millions of children across the globe. Nearly 1.5 billion children and youth in 165 countries are affected by COVID-19 school closures. As a result of these closures, governments have been developing distance learning solutions that aim to provide remote education while supporting students, teachers, and parents. Equitable distance learning continues to be at the forefront as school closures disproportionately impact the most vulnerable children and families. Currently, youth around the world are taking action to ensure that all youth, including themselves, have access to quality education in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act

Natasha Tariq, 
Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act

The “Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act” proposes to expand the number of scholarships available to Pakistani women under the Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Program (MNBSP). The USAID funded MNBSP program was established in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan for academically talented underprivileged Pakistani youth to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree at one of the 30 partner universities in Pakistan.

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Ensuring Girl’s Access to Education During COVID-19

Natasha Tariq, 
Ensuring Girl’s Access to Education During COVID-19

According to UNESCO, of the 743 million girls around the world out of school and universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over 111 million live in the world’s least developed countries, where already high gender disparities in education exist. There are now fears that progress made with regards to gender equality could be reversed as the pandemic threatens to further entrench existing gender gaps in education. Marginalised girls in poor countries are at a higher risk of dropping out of school compared to boys. Evidence from past crises suggests that there will be a disproportionate impact on education of adolescent girls. In order to mitigate this impact, it is vital that education policies designed to deal with the current crisis are gender responsive.

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Improving Literacy Instruction in Rural Schools

Katie Kerr, Impact Network, 
Improving Literacy Instruction in Rural Schools

Impact Network works in the Eastern Province of Zambia to implement a wide-range of educational and technological interventions to improve the quality of education in rural communities. We serve over 6,000 students across 43 schools, covering early childhood through seventh grade. We have spent the last 3 years testing and refining our teaching of literacy.   

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Digital Street School and the Impacts of COVID-19

Muhammad Ahmad, Vice Chairman MAPS, 
Digital Street School and the Impacts of COVID-19

An estimated 22.8 million children aged 5-16 are out-of-school in Pakistan. At present, Pakistan has the world's second-highest number of out-of-school children (OOSC), representing 44 percent of the total population in this age group. Punjab has the dubious distinction of having the highest average literacy rate in Pakistan of 61%, as it remains lop-sided with deep pockets of illiteracy. A closer examination shows that the provincial average does not tell the complete story and masks the poor situation in the southern districts of the province. In Rahim Yar Khan District, only one in three people is literate.

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Peace Education in the Early Years

Danielle De La Fuente, 
Peace Education in the Early Years

Children can be powerful agents of change when given the chance to succeed. However, protracted crises and natural disasters have denied an estimated 50 million children their childhood and the opportunity to reach their full potential. Children’s vulnerabilities are amplified in emergency settings, where children are often exposed to repeated traumatic events. They are at a higher risk of being exploited, sexually abused, trafficked, and recruited into extremist groups. Adverse experiences during early childhood development can have repercussions on physical, cognitive, and emotional development, negatively impacting future well-being and functioning.

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