The challenge…of Target 4.7


Blog: The challenge of Target 4.7 in fragile and low-resource contexts  
Margaret Sinclair & Jean Bernard, Global Education Monitoring Report 
“Given current challenges of conflict, insecurity and environmental collapse, we must put maximum effort into Sustainable Development Goal Target 4.7: education to promote responsible and global citizenship, a culture of peace, gender equality, human rights, respect for cultural diversity and sustainable lifestyles. Achieving Target 4.7 presents challenges in every society. This blog specifically addresses the challenges in fragile and low-income countries, and the possibilities for collaborative development of effective approaches and guidance in respect of textbooks and other education materials.”

View the full blog post here.


Education Cannot Wait

Education Cannot Wait

Introducing Education Cannot Wait a new global fund to transform the delivery of education in emergencies.

75 million school-aged children and youth are in desperate need of educational support, either in danger of, or already missing out on their education. Communities highlight the importance of education during times of crises, yet education appeals receive less than 2% of humanitarian funding. The right to education is most at risk during emergencies but it is also the exact time when it is needed the most.

Education Cannot Wait joins up governments, humanitarian actors, and development efforts to deliver a more collaborative and rapid response to the educational needs of children and youth affected by crises. The fund aims to reach all crisis-affected children and youth with safe, free and quality education by 2030.

Click here to read the full investment case for education in emergencies.

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Posts that deal with access to education for children living in rural and isolated areas in Tanzania:

The power of communities – SDG4

Sustainable Development Goal 4 states:

“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”


Easy to state, but what does it mean and how can we achieve it?

In Tanzania, there are many ‘out of school’ children who are not able to access any type of education due to the location of their homes -many kilometres away from the nearest pre-school or primary school. And if they finally get there -they may not understand much, as the language of instruction is not the children’s home language or mother tongue.

In EQUIP-Tanzania, we have tried to consider the issue from a child’s point of view and have established 1000 school readiness centres with bilingual Community Teaching Assistants (CTAs) volunteering to support these children to access quality educational experiences.

The centres may be quite remote, but at the start of the School Readiness programme where we may expected 15 0r 20 children to join as many as 200 may turn up -anyone from 4 to 12 years of age! Such has been the demand (and official statistics often miss many of the out of school children) that we have suffered from ‘success problems’. The problems exist due to a lack of space and materials and lack of experience for the CTAs, who have done an amazing job in taking on such challenges.

Many headteachers would dearly love to employ CTAs who have such commitment,and some have done so or at least supported them as they work in standard 1 classrooms at the end of the SR classes.

Commitment of the CTAs is such that when asked if they would like to continue supporting their children after the end of the 12 week SR class -98% of the 1000 CTAs agreed to do so – again voluntarily. We are now trying to provide extra support so that eventually they can be recognised as a pre-school teacher by the Government.

A School Readiness centre demands much support from the community and many communities have stepped up to the challenge. A class may well start under a tree….


due to the interest and demand, community members decide to build a simple structure to protect the children from some of the elements…..


and then finally to start on the road to building a more permanent structure by their own efforts and resources…..


Once they have built the foundations and walls with their own resources the government will take on their proposal and may agree to pay for the roof and basic essentials for a classroom.

Equip-Tanzania are now considering supporting the government to implement their policy of one year pre-school education for 5/6 year olds along with their plans for building of satellite schools for those living in more remote areas.


Watch this space as we revolutionise rural education with 3000 SR centres during 2016. Bringing a taste of quality education to at least 150,000 children.











Sustainable Development Goals – can we afford them?


Sustainable Development Goals

After tense negotiations, 193 countries have agreed the next set of development goals, which will seek to end poverty, achieve gender equality and ensure food security in every corner of the globe by 2030.(The Guardian)

“This is the people’s agenda, a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no one behind,” said Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, after the targets were agreed on Sunday.

The new targets have been debated by civil society and UN member states for more than two years. The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), which contain 169 targets, will replace the millennium development goals (MDGs), which expire at the end of the year. Implementation of the sustainable development agenda will begin on 1 January 2016.

The SDG targets must now be formally adopted by member states at a special UN summit from 25-27 September in New York. The UN said more than 150 world leaders are expected to attend.

Included in the final text of the SDG outcome document (pdf) are plans to ensure access to water and sanitation, reduce economic inequality and take urgent action to fight climate change. “We are resolved to free the human race within this generation from the tyranny of poverty and want, and to heal and secure our planet for the present and for future generations,” the outcome document said.

“In order for the SDGs to be met, implementation and financing plans must address inequalities and human rights, especially for women and girls. The financing plan being advocated by the US and other northern countries will merely uphold the world we have and not get us to the world we want,” said Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity.

The UN has estimated that the new goals could cost as much as $172.5tn (£110.67tn) over the 15-year timeframe.

So perhaps it is the lack of funds that could ensure that the SDGs are never met?

Can countries afford to reduce poverty, ensure everyone has access to clean water, basic health facilities and a quality education?

It all depends on priorities….

Present priority for spending – weapons, armies and war mongering  – just 10% of one year’s military spending would pay for the whole 15 year plan to meet the SDG’s.

$1.756 trillion -global military spending for one year (SIPRI 2013)

Can we change these priorities? What would it take to put another  10% tax on weapons research and production? Would it be worth it?