Promoting quality education for all.

New UNICEF/UNESCO Reports Reveal Stalled Progress in Africa

by Mark Engman, 

Every year, June 16 is the Day of the African Child.  It commemorates the thousands of courageous children in Soweto, South Africa, who in 1976 marched to protest apartheid and to demand equal education. The march ended in violence: – hundreds of youth were wounded or killed.  Their legacy continues to build a better future for African children.

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Call Me, Maybe?

If you are anything like me, you hate the phone. I would much rather someone text me or email me—hey even tweeting me is better than a phone call. But sometimes a good old fashioned phone call is what is going to get the job done and on June 16, we are asking you to dust off the landlines or fire up the cell to place a call for an important cause—the millions of children around the world that are out of school.

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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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A Framework for the Future: Ending Extreme Poverty and Boosting Global Learning

by Meredy Talbot-Zorn, 

2015 could be a momentous year in human history. It could be the year when governments around the world put a hard deadline on their longstanding commitment to end extreme poverty, agreeing on a new time-sensitive global development framework to ensure that no child dies unnecessarily and every child is protected from violence.  This framework should also prioritize realizing the one right that most empowers nations to achieve inclusive prosperity and vibrant democracy: The right of every child to quality, free, compulsory education that enables real learning.

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U.S. Support to the Global Partnership for Education: Past Reflections, Future Opportunities

Tony Baker, 

It's 2014, and we're still living in a world in which 1 out of every 10 children can't go to school. In many places, those in school are provided a quality of education so low that they leave without fundamental skills in literacy and numeracy. UNESCO estimates that nearly 40 percent of the world's children of primary school age either do not reach grade 4 or, if they do, fail to attain even minimum learning standards.

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Teaching Systems must be strengthened for universal schooling to pay off

Santiago Cueto, 

For a long time educational researchers have found that one of the main determinants of a child's educational success, if not the most important, is the socioeconomic status of their family. For example, Young Lives research in Peru shows that by the time a child reaches his or her first birthday the family´s ‘wealth index' predicts the quality of their schooling as well as their academic achievement ten years on. Our research shows that coming from a poor, indigenous, or rural family, or having a mother with less than primary education - or worse still having all four - is strongly associated with poor educational quality and performance.

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Can Business Hit the Grand Slam for Education?

Kathy Spanogle , 

The crisis in education is enormous, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Unfortunately, just when more support is needed, the international community has reduced its aid to education. UNESCO indicates there is a $26 billion financing gap for basic education. This financing is needed for capital investment in school infrastructure and to support recurrent expenditures, principally for teacher training and salaries. With the 2015 Millennium Development Goals' deadline looming, the time has come for the business community to step aggressively up to the plate and help hit a home run for global education.

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