Author Archives: Andrew Johnston

About Andrew Johnston

Editor of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report and of the World Education Blog

Syria conflict takes a heavy toll on education

The conflict in Syria is causing severe damage to the education system, according to a new report by UNICEF on the country’s two-year crisis. Thousands of children are being kept out of school by the violence. Some have already missed … Continue reading

Posted in Aid, Arab States, Conflict, Out-of-school children | 2 Comments

How pre-school can transform children’s chances

Young children are ready to learn, but their early experiences are crucial in facilitating their learning. As we explain in our new policy paper on early childhood care and education, there is striking evidence that extending pre-school access to the … Continue reading

Posted in Developing countries, Early childhood care and education, Health, Marginalization, Poverty, Pre-primary education | 6 Comments

Youth jobs crisis pushes EU to address ‘skills mismatch’

Hard on the heels of Davos, where the “skills gap” was the subject of several sessions, the European summit on Monday showed that high unemployment is concentrating EU leaders’ minds on improving training for young people – the focus of … Continue reading

Posted in Developed countries, Economic growth, Employment, Equality, Governance, Marginalization, Skills, Training, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

At Davos, the ‘skills gap’ is on the guest list

As the world’s movers and shakers head to Davos, Switzerland, this week for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, the International Labour Organization has issued a gloomy report on employment – just in time to focus minds at … Continue reading

Posted in Economic growth, Employment, Equality, Governance, Marginalization, Skills, Training | 3 Comments

Education rises – slowly – from Haiti’s rubble

As Haiti struggles to recover from the devastating earthquake two years ago, rebuilding education is a major priority – and a small bright light, of sorts. According to Nigel Fisher, the UN secretary-general’s Deputy Special Representative for Haiti, there are … Continue reading

Posted in Aid, Basic education, Conflict, Developing countries, Disaster preparedness, Donors, Governance, Health, Out-of-school children, Post-secondary education, Refugees and displaced people, Sexual violence | 5 Comments

EU review says need for skills is urgent

Another strong argument for the importance of developing young people’s skills –the subject of the forthcoming 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report – comes from a new review by the European Commission, which warns that the recession has made … Continue reading

Posted in Developed countries, Economic growth, Employment, Equality, Governance, Innovative financing, Marginalization, Post-secondary education, Poverty, Secondary school, Skills, Training, Youth | Leave a comment

Skills are the key to fighting inequality, OECD says

A new report from the OECD argues that focusing on skills – the subject of the forthcoming 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report – is essential to combat rising wage inequality, which traps many people, especially the young and the … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Arab States, Developed countries, Developing countries, Early childhood care and education, Economic growth, Employment, Equality, Equity, Governance, Marginalization, Skills, Training, Youth | 1 Comment

How do we gauge global progress on skills?

Français | Español One of the challenges when setting targets like the Education for All goals (which the international community aims to reach by 2015) is knowing when you’ve actually reached them. It’s a particularly tough call with EFA goal 3, … Continue reading

Posted in Basic education, Developing countries, Economic growth, Employment, Skills, Training, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Education in Somalia needs help urgently, agencies say

A group of 14 agencies and non-government organizations led by UNICEF and Save the Children has exposed the devastating effect of conflict, drought and famine on education in Somalia. Urgent action and funding is needed to prevent the situation worsening … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Aid, Basic education, Conflict, Donors, Famine, Human rights, Out-of-school children, Refugees and displaced people | 6 Comments

When we talk about youth, we need to talk about skills

Français | Español When the United Nations kicked off a year celebrating youth empowerment 12 months ago, no one could have predicted that young people would soon rise up across the Arab world, overthrowing leaders in Tunisia and Egypt. The leaders of … Continue reading

Posted in Arab States, Developed countries, Developing countries, Donors, Economic growth, Employment, Skills, Training, Youth | 7 Comments