If the global community is serious about keeping its promise to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) by 2030, there is one major intervention that needs to happen: Investing in pre-primary education.
Rahima is a mother of five living in Pakistan’s province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Her youngest is only 2 years old, and the eldest is 16. Her husband and her eldest son frequently travel between Malakand in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Karachi in Sindh in search of work and economic activities.
Every September 8, on International Literacy day, my thoughts go to the illiterate women in Kenya. A day that reminds me of the significant proportion of women who are illiterate.
It is a bright Thursday morning at 9:00 am as we arrive in Kilimani village in Kilifi. We meet with three girls walking from school to home and we stop to inquire. They have been sent home to fetch money for paying teachers.
Nearly all children now enrol in grade 1 and 80 percent are reaching grade 5, currently the final year of primary schooling. In the Primary Education Completion Exam (PECE), a mandatory national exam introduced in 2009, the latest pass rate is 98.5 percent. This is a success that cannot be ignored.
In 2016, as many as 96.5% of rural elementary government schools in India had toilets, but more than one in four toilets (27.79%) were dysfunctional or locked, according to data collected for the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), a citizen-led survey on the status of elementary education in rural India. About 68.7% of schools had working toilet facilities for students.
In a world increasingly driven by data, we often still don’t know whether or what children are learning. How can we make sure that the rise of technology drives improvement in national and global assessment?
Recently in the 42nd Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) conference in Mombasa, Kenya’s Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission colourfully awarded the Principal of the Year Award (POYA) and Teacher of the Year Award (TOYA).
The third meeting of the Global Alliance to Monitor Learning (GAML), hosted in May by the Instituto Nacional para la Evaluación de la Educación (INEE) in Mexico, was attended by 58 experts from 28 organizations, research institutions, multilateral agencies and Member States.
Across Africa, and indeed the global South, a wind of change is blowing. Citizens from all walks of life have awakened to the realisation that they are the change their countries need.