Author Archives: Kevin Watkins

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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India’s ground-breaking Right to Education Act

Numerous voices have risen this week to praise India’s historic Right to Education Act, which came into force on 1 April. The new law establishes the right to education of every child aged 6 to 14, and addresses India’s need … Continue reading

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THE FUNDING GAP, 1: The G-8 needs to stick to its promises

Last year, leaders of the G-8 group of rich countries made a bold promise to the world’s children: No country seriously committed to Education for All, they said, would be thwarted in its achievement because of lack of resources. Impressed? … Continue reading

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THE FUNDING GAP, 2: How donors can meet their pledges

In 2000, rich countries promised that no country seriously committed to achieving Education for All by 2015 would be thwarted because of lack of resources. The promise has been repeated at every summit for the past decade, but projections in … Continue reading

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THE FUNDING GAP, 3: Innovative financing

Projections in this year’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report show that on current trends, 56 million children will still be out of school in 2015. Donors need to stop talking and start delivering on their education aid promises – … Continue reading

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