Promoting quality education for all.

Developing A Generation of Young Employed Leaders

By Hassanatu and Hussainatu Blake, 

Though youth are better educated than their parents, youth remain almost twice as likely to be unemployed than their elders. On the African continent, young people aged between 15 and 25 represent more than 60% of the Africa’s total population and account for 45% of the total labor force (1). Some of the highest rates on the continent are in southern Africa, where 51% of young women and 43% of young men are unemployed (2). At least half of young people ages 15 to 19 lack basic literacy, transferrable skills or technical or vocational skills that match the needs of employers (3).

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Schools on the front line in the fight against sexual abuse in Haiti

by Trillium Hibbeln, 

Schools on the front line in the fight against sexual abuse in Haiti Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a significant public health concern for all girls and women in Haiti and particularly in the urban center of Port-au-Prince. One in three women in Haiti have experienced sexual violence and half of all rape victims are under age 17 at the time of the crime (Amnesty International 2008) 

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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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Investing in People, Not Projects

by Bradley Broder, 

A villager from rural Kenya once said to me that his community needs a rainwater catchment system that would feed water tanks to each house in his village.  When I pressed him as to why he feels this is so vital given that there is a clean water source less than a kilometer away, his response was unequivocal: “because the volunteer before you helped the village down the road to get water tanks.  We want them to!”

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Eradicating Poverty One Village at a Time

by Connie Viveros, 

Most of us know that half of the world—that's three billion people—lives on less than $2 US a day.  And about 57 million children around the world between the ages of six and 11 are denied the chance to go to school, many of them because they have to work to help support their families. We also understand that education is more than reading, writing and arithmetic.

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Civil Society Engagement and Education Diplomacy

by Yvette Murphy, 

“People are at the center of sustainable development …[and efforts] to strive for a world that is just, equitable and inclusive, and committed to work[ing] together.…” These words from the Introduction to the Proposal of the Open Working Group (OWG) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emphasize that people are central to the implementation and success of a post-2015 development agenda, and they are the ultimate beneficiaries of “inclusive economic growth, social development, and environmental protection…without distinction.”

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#firstdays4all

As millions of students return and have returned to school over these past few weeks and months, 127 million did not. 127 million children of primary and lower secondary school age were not greeted at the door by their new teacher, did not greet old friends and meet new ones, did not crowd in to the school yard, did not spend the morning finding their shiny new desks, learning new rules and finding their way as they transition from primary to secondary school.

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The importance of details, and well-rooted ones, at that

by Jinny St. Goar, 

Our small organization is focused largely on one locality in southwestern Mali in the villages of Djangoula that are found within the commune of Benkadi Founiya just south of the regional administrative center, Kita. Roughly five kilometers from the dirt road that ends in the county seat of Founiya, these villages were simply too remote for their youngest children to benefit from the early years of education.

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Expanding Educational Opportunities through Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

by Dr. Joanna Rubinstein, 

As development experts know, the pay-back of educating girls is extraordinary. But based on current trends, by 2015, only 56 percent of countries will have achieved gender parity in lower secondary education. And if trends continue at the current pace, the poorest girls in sub-Saharan Africa will not even achieve universal primary school completion until 2086 (UNESCO, 2014).

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REASON #1—WE CANNOT END POVERTY WITHOUT INVESTING IN EDUCATION

by Camilla Ryberg, 

Today, we look a bit more closely into Reason #1 of the eight reasons from our joint RESULTS brief: Greater Impact through Partnership: 8 reasons to invest in the Global Partnership for Education now more than ever. The reason; ‘We cannot end poverty without investing in education’, is really one on which there is little or no disagreement.  Indeed, it is often stated that investing in education is the single most effective way of reducing poverty.

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