Promoting quality education for all.

The World Bank’s 2018 World Development Report on Education: A Critical Analysis

Steven J. Klees, 

The annual World Development Report (WDR) is the World Bank’s flagship publication.  The 2018 report is entitled Learning to Realize Education’s Promise.  While this WDR has been out for a year, it is still worth reflecting on its content.  In the 40 year history of the WDR, this is the first time its focus has been on education.  Many commentators have welcomed this as needed in this time when education systems around the world face so many challenges.  I am less sanguine.  While the report has some redeeming features, I see it as part of the Bank’s long-term very narrow – even for economists – view of education.

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Expanding Student Learning Without Leaving the Classroom

Global Ties U.S. Online Learning Team , 

Expanding Student Learning Without Leaving the Classroom: The Promise of Online Learning & Virtual Exchange

The internet proposed a great promise: anyone from anywhere could connect to exchange information and ideas. As the number of devices that connect to the internet across the world and access to the internet grows, the number of possible connections also grows exponentially. At the forefront of utilizing this new technology are current K-12 students, who find it increasingly natural to learn and connect using computers, tablets, or any other internet-connected device. With the number of connections now available at their fingertips, it is a logical next step to use internet-connected devices in the classroom to increase students’ quality of education and ability to connect with the rest of the world.

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Teaching in Remote Areas

Educate the Children , 
Teaching in Remote Areas

Teachers in rural Nepal, where Educate the Children works, are disadvantaged in many ways. They are often undereducated themselves. They are usually paid poorly, particularly in public (government) schools. They routinely suffer from lack of adequate classroom furniture and supplies. Most have few or no professional development opportunities, and tend to be isolated from peers other than those at their own schools. 

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Beyond Rote Learning

Educate the Children , 
Beyond Rote Learning

Educate the Children discusses their experience working with Nepal's rural schools to move beyond rote learning by promoting a well-rounded approach to teaching and the overall educational experience for children and teachers of all grade levels from pre-kindergarten through high school.

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Advocacy Gains Momentum: Global Citizenship Education for the Early Years

Adrienne Henck, ACEI, 

The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) community has long understood the importance of the early years in developing the foundational skills and attitudes necessary for children to become engaged, global citizens. It is during the period from birth to age eight that children discover who they are, start to explore their own identity, and begin to appreciate the unique identities of others. By learning to be together and work together, they form the building blocks for global citizenship including fairness, empathy, tolerance, and responsibility. As children's perspectives expand to encompass their school, community, nation, and the world, they take the first steps toward adopting the mindset of a global citizen—one who recognizes that in an increasingly interconnected world, we all must learn to respect one another, work together to address shared human challenges, and take action to create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable future for all.

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Breaking Barriers in Early Childhood Education One Country at a Time: #GlobalNAEYC

After two flights and 20 hours in the air, leaders from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The immediate sight of palm trees and the sensation of a post-sandstorm breeze made it clear that we were a long way from home. But once we met our Saudi counterparts, it was evident that we were among fellow trailblazers in early childhood education who shared our dedication to the young children we serve. 

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The Right to Education Index Can Help Ensure that Everyone Can Access Quality Education

RESULTS, 

As a global initiative that advocates for people’s rights to quality education worldwide, The Right to Education Index (RTEI) brings a lot of things to the table. We bring our partnership with civil society and research institutions, we bring our expertise in international development. We also bring data.

RTEI aims to ensure that all people, no matter where they live, can enjoy their right to a quality education. And the way we strive to accomplish such a goal is the perfect example of how data can be used to influence global education.

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This is YOUR chance to influence a new U.S. Government education policy! Public comments due by 7/22

Thank you for your advocacy for global education! YOU have an opportunity to personally influence policy. Please share your input on the new U.S. Government Strategy on International Basic Education by July 22 >>> https://www.usaid.gov/education/usg-strategy-draft.

Please tell your leaders what you want the next international education policy to look like today 

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Educated Girls Rise Up

Rise Up, 

Education enables girls to fulfill their potential to transform their lives, families, and communities. Educated girls have better employment opportunities, marry later, and go on to have fewer, healthier children. Likewise, increasing girls’ access to education contributes to improved health, development, and economic growth.

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