Author Archives: Kevin Watkins

In Pakistan, government inertia is education’s greatest enemy

Malala Yousafzai has drawn global attention to the Taliban’s attacks on education. But education in Pakistan may have an even worse enemy: the government itself. Kevin Watkins, former director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report and now director … Continue reading

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Telling the truth and shaping a vision for education

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, we have invited the Report’s previous directors to share their views on progress and prospects for Education for All. By Kevin Watkins Was it really three years? When I … Continue reading

Posted in Conflict, Early childhood care and education, Equality, Equity, Gender, Governance, Human rights, Marginalization, Millennium Development Goals, Out-of-school children, Quality of education, Skills | Tagged | 3 Comments

Security Council acts to deter attacks on schools

Français | Español By Kevin Watkins, director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report The real measure of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report’s impact is not how well it is received by governments, but whether it makes … Continue reading

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Budget cuts, aid and American national security

Français | Español  By Kevin Watkins, director, Education for All Global Monitoring Report There’s nothing quite like a fiscal crisis to secure the triumph of short-termism over the long-term national interest. The United States stands to gain a great deal from … Continue reading

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Aid donors get an F for education

Français | Español Poor people understand the power of education to transform lives – yet education receives just 2% of humanitarian aid By Kevin Watkins, director, Education for All Global Monitoring Report If you want to see iron resolve in action, … Continue reading

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Let’s keep our promise to the world’s children

Every child knows that you shouldn’t break a promise. Yet governments are on the brink of breaking a Millennium Development Goal promise made to the world’s children – the promise of a decent quality basic education for all by 2015. … Continue reading

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Too little, too late: the cost of aid delays

Lives are being lost needlessly because of an aid system that favours crisis response over prevention By Kevin Watkins, director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report from The Guardian, August 2, 2010 Last year, a militia attacked 12-year-old … Continue reading

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Giving education a sporting chance

By Kevin Watkins, director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report You are probably wondering what a UN official is doing writing about the World Cup. So let me start with an assurance. I’m not about to offer post-match … Continue reading

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When education saves lives (2): reducing maternal mortality

By Kevin Watkins, director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report There are few starker indicators of global inequality than maternal mortality. Risks of death from causes associated with pregnancy in childbirth are heavily concentrated in developing countries – … Continue reading

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When learning saves lives: education and child mortality

By Kevin Watkins, director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report Give a man a fish, as the saying goes, and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you nourish him for a lifetime. But … Continue reading

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