Challenges to Primary Education

In many states across India, children have just moved into a new class. The excitement of a new school year is still in the air. New textbooks are being distributed; notebooks and stationery are being bought. Summer vacations have begun. On the eve of these new beginnings, hopes run high for all that children will learn in another year of school. But how much can we expect that they’ll actually learn?

Teach the parent, Help the kids

A new report demonstrates the connection between maternal and child education, finding that mothers’ literacy programs boost their children’s math scores and their own sense of empowerment. The international community is on track to reach the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015. Currently, over 90 percent of primary school age children are enrolled in school worldwide. Unfortunately, the quality of children’s education in the developing world has not grown in line with enrollment rates.

Schooling is not Education

For the last ten years, the major focus of the global education community has been on getting children into school. And that effort has been a success: most of the world’s children live in countries on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary completion by 2015. But behind that progress is a problem—one that grows with each additional child that walks through the classroom door. Some children in those classes are learning nothing