In 2014, some colleagues and I sat down to analyze Nigeria’s learning outcomes. What we found was a trend that revealed a secondary-school leaving pass rate of 30%. That is, only 3 out of 10 students who sat for these final examinations passed.
With the Eurozone in turmoil and sluggish economic growth in the US and elsewhere, investors may well see sub-Saharan Africa – still one of the fastest growing regional economies on earth – as the new frontier.
“So, now close your eyes and imagine we have arrived at the year 2030. What does Africa’s education now look like?” invited our facilitator, Dzingai Mutumbuka. My imagination wanders, and I see Africa’s children running around the school, happy, and fulfilled.
While education has been declared a fundamental human right, and is undoubtedly life changing for boys, girls, men and women alike, it is especially beneficial for girls. Investing in female education is by far one of the best investments that families, communities and countries can make.
A couple of years ago Room to Read, a non-profit organization for improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world, implored viewers to try to not to read anything at all in a popular ad.
I used to debate with my former Gates Foundation colleague Manami about the importance of #blacklivesmatter. Essentially, I took the Hilary Clinton stance: without specific policy proposals, it wouldn’t lead to real change.
50 militants innovateurs du domaine de l’education issus de 15 pays du Sud, se sont réunis la semaine dernière sur les rives scintillantes de la ville balnéaire de Saly sur la Petite Côte du Sénégal, afin d’examiner la prochaine étape cruciale de leur parcours d’apprentissage, lors de la 4ème réunion annuelle du Réseau PAL.
Last week, I visited a village in the Northern Sindh province of Pakistan. There was much excitement building up with the construction of a new government girls’ school with state-of-the-art classrooms, a library, toilet facilities, and clean water supply. Everyone gathered around, spanning three generations of women, and shared their aspirations of what they hoped their sisters, daughters, and granddaughters would achieve with the chance to go to school.
One often hears that the education community failed 15 years ago to recognise the scale of the learning problem; and, instead, focused on enrolment only. Let us ensure that we do not look back in 15 years’ time and realise that although we recognised a learning crisis, we did not change our approach to addressing it.
Sustainable development goals to be agreed by world leaders this week include a commitment to ensure that all young people have access to good quality primary and lower secondary education by 2030. The goals include a pledge that no one will be left behind. Reaching these goals will require improved educational quality for the most disadvantaged children from the earliest years.