“Education is far too important to be left solely to the government or educational institutions”

“I believe that it is no longer enough for us to pay lip service to education; now is the time to insist on transparency and accountability in education,” said Victoria Ibiwoye, youth representative of the SDG Education 2030 Steering Committee from Nigeria. Less than five days after the launch of the youth version of the […]

via “Education is far too important to be left solely to the government or educational institutions” — World Education Blog


Education Infographics

Education Infographics


The Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EFA GMR) team has produced dozens of new infographics to visually depict the challenges of achieving universal education. The infographics show “report cards” on the MDGs, figures on out-of-school children and youth, challenges facing learners in conflict settings, and key facts and figures about how financing gaps and opportunities.

Education for All -Global Monitoring Report (2014) – Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality For All

As new brain research helps us to understand the best conditions for learning and while the demands of the future lives of the present generation are very much unknown, it is worth taking stock on the present situation of teachers and learners:

Education for All : Global Monitoring Report 2013/2014

“Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all”


Launch date  29 Jan 2014.

The 2013/4 Education for All Global Monitoring Report will show why education is pivotal for development in a rapidly changing world. It will explain how investing wisely in teachers, and other reforms aimed at strengthening equitable learning, transform the long-term prospects of people and societies.

Equity and quality education will be pivotal in the post 2015 agenda. Visit our post 2015 online hub for resources and updates on ‘Education Post 2015’.

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**Global Learning Crisis Costing $129 Billion a Year
UNESCO’s 2013/14 Education for All Global Monitoring Reportreveals that a global learning crisis is costing governments $129 billion a year. Ten percent of global spending on primary education is being lost on poor quality education that is failing to ensure that children learn. This situation leaves one in four young people in poor countries unable to read a single sentence. The report concludes that good teachers are the key to improvement and calls on governments to provide the best in the profession to those who need them most.

** This year’s report, Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality for All, warns that without attracting and adequately training enough teachers the learning crisis will last for several generations and hit the disadvantaged hardest. In many sub-Saharan African countries, for example, the Report reveals that only one in five of the poorest children reach the end of primary school having learned the basics in reading and mathematics. Read More  Download Report

The report  “Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality for all” discusses a range of topics relevant to our task team such as investing wisely in teachers, strengthening equitable learning, and questions for longer term transformation in the face of disadvantage and social injustice.  The report makes the following core recommendations:
  1. New education goals after 2015 must include an explicit commitment to equity so that every child has an equal chance of an education. New goals need clear, measurable targets with indicators that will track the progress of the most disadvantaged.
  2. New goals after 2015 must ensure that every child is in school and learning the basics. Children do not only have the right to be in school, but also to learn while there, and to emerge with the skills they need to find secure, well-paid work.
  3. Ensure the best teachers reach the learners who need them most. National education plans must include an explicit commitment to reaching the marginalized. Teachers should be recruited locally, or have similar backgrounds to disadvantaged learners. Every teacher needs pre- and in-service training on ways to target support to disadvantaged children. Incentives must be provided to ensure the best teachers work in remote, under-served areas. Governments must work to retain their best teachers, providing pay that meets at least their basic needs, good working conditions and a career path.
A summary report in English is attached to this message as well as the press release. The full report and translations are available from the following Link.


Update from INEE, after the launch:

Please also watch and share the new video about the Report. Help join in the conversation with INEE online about these new findings via #teachlearn / @efareport.

Please go to the EFA GMR website where to download the full report and the summary in several languages. There are also new infographics highlighting key facts and figures from the Report.



Present and past reports:


Education For All (EFA) – 1000 days to MDG deadline and the Global Monitoring Report

The UN is reminding us that it is only 1000 days until the deadline for achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). Although human development does not progress by deadlines or is dictated by a centrally constructed calendar, it is worth taking stock on how ‘global priorities’ are being discussed and acted upon.

Education Counts

Towards the Millennium Development Goals – 2010 MDG Summit Exhibition “EDUCATION COUNTS Towards the Millennium Development Goals” was held in New York, 9 September – 20 November 2010

These info snippets can help focus attention on the value of education. The most chilling statistic is that global military spending increased by 6% since 2008 ,even with a financial crisis. Perhaps with more effective education mixed with increased emotional intelligence we would take Costa Rica’s lead in doing away with a military budget. We could then agree that the human species has truly evolved.

Infographics designed by Zago, New York

One extra year of schooling increases an individual’s earnings by up to 10%.

$16 billion a year in aid would send all children to school in low-income countries. This is about half of the amount Europeans and Americans spend on ice cream annually ($31 billion).

171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in lowincome countries left school with basic reading skills – equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.

In Kenya, if women farmers are given the same level of education as their male partners, their yields for maize, beans and cowpeas increase by up to 22%.

In Latin America, children whose mothers have some secondary schooling remain in school for two  to three more years than children of mothers with less schooling.

A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past age 5.

In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 1.8 million children’s lives could have been saved in 2008 if their mothers had at least a secondary education.

Women with postprimary education are 5 times more likely than illiterate women to be educated on the topic of HIV and AIDS.

Worldwide military expenditure for 2009 was $1.5 trillion. Despite the financial crisis, this represents an increase of 6% in real terms compared to 2008. The increase in aid during the same period was only 0.7%

Education for All – Making the right to education part of every child’s reality. New publication

PUBLICATION: Education for All – Making the right to education part of every child’s reality
(Save the Children)  

With four years to go until the 2015 deadline to achieve universal primary education, there is a lot to celebrate. Out-of-school numbers have been dropping and progress has been made towards the Education for All goals. This brief highlights areas in need of greater attention and key recommendations to address challenges in ensuring all children are in school by 2015.


The full report is available here.



RESOURCE: Education for All in Asia-Pacific Newsletter (UNESCO)

From the recent INEE newsletter:

(UNESCO Bangkok)  
The Education Policy and Reform Unit has launched an EPR E-Newsletter to keep in touch and build networks with professionals in education sector. It is hoped to be a channel for knowledge and information exchange on education policy and reform among the professionals, keeping them informed of what’s happening in the field of education policy and management in the Asia and Pacific region, not only from the sector-wide perspective, but also in those critical to the crossroads of learning and life-such as secondary education as well as technical and vocational education and training.

To sign up for the newsletter and access the February 2011 issues, click here.

Education for All – JOMTIEN STATEMENT: Tenth Meeting of the High-Level Group on EFA


Some 40 global leaders attended the Tenth Meeting of the High-Level Group (HLG) on Education for All (EFA) from 22 to 24 March in Jomtien, Thailand. Jomtien was the site of the historical 1990 World Conference on Education where the EFA movement was launched. Two decades on, the aim of providing quality basic education for all children, youth and adults remains a major challenge.


Excerpt from the Statement:  7.    We can no longer turn a blind eye to the urgent need to protect education in conflict-affected and disaster-affected countries. Schools are targeted by combatants, and schoolchildren, especially girls, and female teachers, are particularly vulnerable in violent conflict situations. More effective monitoring systems in regard to human rights violations affecting education are required. Education can also play a significant part in building peace in fragile contexts when it communicates tolerance and mutual respect. We therefore appeal to the international community to support education in conflict situations and fragile contexts as an integral part of humanitarian assistance and reconstruction, and to give it far greater priority in financing requests and delivery.

Read about the meeting and download the statement here.