Promoting quality education for all.

Realigning Our Priorities – A Focus on Early Childhood

by Molly Curtiss, 

The problem is not just the amount of funding for education, but how the available resources are being spent. In the past decade, tertiary education consistently received the highest proportion of education aid of any education sector, beating out even primary education year after year. Moreover, during this period, seven of the top fifteen donors to education increased the portion of their aid allocated to higher education and consequently decreased the portion to basic education.

Further, this aid to tertiary education isn’t being spent sustainably. A large percentage of growing funds to higher education have been used not to strengthen university systems in recipient countries but rather to provide scholarships for students to attend higher education institutions in donor countries. In 2012, for example, “for every US$1 disbursed in direct aid to early childhood care and education, the equivalent of US$58 went to support students from recipient countries at the post-secondary level in donor countries.”

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Fund education to achieve accessible literacy for all

by Katherine Stephans, 

Can you remember your first day of kindergarten? Or even preschool? Chances are, you were excited beyond words. 

Chances are, your first classroom greeted you with colorful drawings on the walls, 27 letters on the chalkboard, and even a cozy reading corner filled with stacks of books, waiting patiently to take you on an adventure. 

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Chopsticks or Forks: Contextualizing Developmentally Appropriate Practice in a Global Age

by Stephanie Olmore, 

During a recent trip to spend time with early childhood professionals in China, I worked to master the skill of eating with chopsticks, and I was amazed by how much I had to learn. While I was no stranger to chopsticks—in fact I’m quite proud of my ability to use them when eating sweet and sour chicken in DC—it struck me how, in China, my use of chopsticks took place in an environment in which I worked to finesse this skill at an entirely new level. I learned to grasp the food more precisely as it circled by on the customary rotating round table that supports communal sharing of a meal. This was not just about my practicing the skill, but also about the influence of the place and the culture in which I was immersed—an illustration of the importance of context in learning. 

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Hacking Literacy: Three Reasons Early Literacy Initiatives Should Partner with Local Tech Community

by Matthew Vanderwerff, 

For 250 million children around the world, getting access to high-quality, relevant, and interesting reading material is a huge barrier to learning how to read. Many of these children are already enrolled in primary schools, but they don’t have sufficient access to quality materials – or the time to enjoy them. How can technology help connect children with the right materials to enrich their reading experience?

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Free from violence: Children advocate for safe schools

by Janella Nelson, 

As many children return to school this month, it is an exciting time for parents and students. There is an assumption by many that school is a safe place, but there are children around the world, including in the U.S., that will be returning to school and wondering if their school is really safe. 

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Taking a broader and more holistic approach to education through tech and local language literacy

by Tara Stafford, 

As the international education community begins to focus a long lens on the Sustainable Development Goals taking shape around secondary education and quality, lifelong learning, with special emphasis on technical and vocational skills, Connect To Learn too is evolving our mission to build upon our work providing girls’ scholarships and ICT tools in remote, resource poor classrooms into one that takes a broader, more holistic approach to education. 

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Ending Child Slavery…All Together Now!

by Jill Christianson, 

On a sunny day late in September, I tagged along on a lobbying visit to the Brazilian Embassy in Washington – led by Kailash Satyarthi, with colleagues from the Child Labor Coalition and the International Labor Rights Forum.  Following this fall’s swirl of activities at the UN General Assembly and a myriad of meetings about the Beyond-2015 plans (Sustainable Development Goals) including education, Kailash is focused on one thing…ENDING CHILD SLAVERY.

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Collective Action

The numbers in the Philippines are staggering-more than many of us can comprehend. I know when we hear about the enormity of it all, it can be like an old school computer that "can't compute" due to being overwhelmed with the task at hand but the action of many can help get the Philippines and its people back to some semblance of normal.

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Sreyhung Goes to School

Amanda Moll, 

Surrounded by rubber tree plantations, KAO Sreyhung projects a quiet confidence as she spends the afternoon helping with household chores and studying for school. Surrounded by her four sisters and brother, her father single-handedly raises a growing family. Their mother died giving birth to Sreyhung's only brother, and at the young age of 12, she calls herself an aunt twice-over.

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Toward a Truly Transnational, Collaborative Future in Education

Joshua Sheridan Fouts, 

LinkedIn, the international jobs and professional networking site, recently announced that it was going to allow students 13 years and older create profiles on its site. LinkedIn is the latest example of how young students worldwide -- that is, students who have access to the Internet and the educational opportunities to make them aware of the opportunities available on a site like LinkedIn -- can now learn about a world of work that exists beyond the boundaries of their country and city.

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