Author Archives: Hans Botnen Eide

About Hans Botnen Eide

Consultant at the Education for All Global Monitoring Report.

Education empowers people and promotes democracy

The importance of good governance to overcome inequalities in education was the focus of the 2009 EFA Global Monitoring Report. As part of our 10th anniversary countdown to the launch of the 2012 report on October 16, we are looking … Continue reading

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Early childhood care and education: Getting off to a good start

The first Education for All (EFA) goal aims to expand and improve comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. As part of our countdown to the launch of our next report, we look … Continue reading

Posted in Early childhood care and education, HIV/AIDS, Human rights, Millennium Development Goals, Nutrition, Pre-primary education, Primary school | Tagged , | 3 Comments

BRIEFLY: UNESCO awards 2012 literacy prizes

Literacy programmes in Bhutan, Indonesia, Colombia and Rwanda have won UNESCO’s literacy prizes for 2012. The winners will receive $20,000 each, as well as a diploma and a medal when UNESCO celebrates World Literacy Day on September 6. The awards … Continue reading

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Education and jobs: hot topics for International Youth Day

With one in eight young people out of work, education and employment are urgent topics of discussion for this year’s International Youth Day on August 12.. Education’s crucial role in providing young people with the skills they need for solid … Continue reading

Posted in Basic education, Economic growth, Employment, Equality, Marginalization, Skills, Training, Youth | 2 Comments

In South Sudan, many girls are missing out on school

Today, July 9, South Sudan celebrates its first anniversary. Since independence, education has been a key priority for the government. But many challenges remain – especially girls’ access to education. It’s been a rough start for the world’s youngest country. … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Aid, Basic education, Conflict, Developing countries, Donors, Finance, Governance, Marginalization, Out-of-school children, Refugees and displaced people | 10 Comments

BRIEFLY: Grassroots support for education in conflict zones

The 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education was recently highlighted in two feature articles by Voice of America (see Part I and Part II). As we described in the Report, conflict has … Continue reading

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Create jobs, yes – but give us the skills to do them

It’s good that job creation is at the top of the agenda at the G20 summit in Mexico today. But young people need the right skills to do those jobs – and now they’re demanding that world leaders finally give … Continue reading

Posted in Economic growth, Employment, Group of 20, Group of 8, Skills, Training, Youth | 12 Comments

Literacy rates are rising – but not fast enough

New data released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics show that literacy rates for adults and youth are continuing to rise. But 775 million adults still cannot read and write – and many countries are unlikely to meet the Education … Continue reading

Posted in Basic education, Literacy, Skills | 9 Comments

Measuring and improving skills – the new ‘global currency’

The OECD Skills Strategy, launched this week at the OECD Forum, underlines the importance of our focus on the marginalized in the forthcoming 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, on youth, skills and work. While those who are in … Continue reading

Posted in Employment, Marginalization, Skills, Training, Youth | 5 Comments

Art contest winner announced

We are proud to announce that the winner of the 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report art contest is Khalid Mohamed Hammad Elkhateem, 23, from Sudan, whose entry “In the middle of nowhere” is shown here. We asked young … Continue reading

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