Category Archives: Language

Australia: Rich countries are also failing to ensure that the marginalized can learn

Russell is the eighth teacher to participate in our Teacher Tuesday campaign. He works in a school in Inverell, a New South Wales country town in Australia. Of the 680 students in his school, 125 are Aboriginal. Four of the 30 … Continue reading

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Honduras: Teachers need support to teach in multilingual classrooms

Natelee, from the Bay Islands in Honduras is the second participating teacher in our ten-week #TeacherTuesday campaign. She describes the challenges teaching in a multilingual environment, and the barriers to learning for children who do not benefit from a bilingual … Continue reading

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Children need to be taught in their mother language

In many countries, children are taught in languages they do not speak at home. As we show in the 2013/4 EFA Global Monitoring Report, that can be a potent source of disadvantage. Children need a chance to learn in their … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Arab States, Asia, Basic education, Developed countries, Developing countries, Early childhood care and education, Equality, Equity, Gender, Language, Latin America, Learning, Literacy, Marginalization, Out-of-school children, Pre-primary education, Primary school, Quality of education, Rural areas, Teachers | 5 Comments

Join our #TeacherTuesday campaign

Around the world, teachers work in conflict zones and urban slums, and in multigrade and multilingual classrooms that are often overcrowded. They experience the joy of seeing children learn and the frustration of trying to cope without the materials they … Continue reading

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Holding business to account for learning outcomes – what are the risks?

With quality of education becoming recognized as a vital component of post-2015 development goals, measuring how much children are learning is high on the global agenda. The Learning Metrics Task Force recently brought together education experts to discuss how to … Continue reading

Posted in Basic education, Donors, Equity, Ethnicity, Finance, Innovative financing, Language, Learning, Out-of-school children, Post-2015 development framework, Quality of education | 16 Comments

Let’s celebrate education’s power to spread tolerance

On the eve of International Day for Tolerance, celebrated on November 16, we highlight evidence for education’s unique ability to boost tolerance and reduce discrimination. One of the fundamental roles that education plays is to increase tolerance. Tolerance, in turn, … Continue reading

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Why school should speak your language

People whose mother tongue is different from their country’s official language can find this a barrier to thriving in society. But does that mean children should be educated only in the official language? It’s a complex question. As we found … Continue reading

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Education bounces back in Cambodia and Ethiopia

Français | Español By Jakob Engel, a research consultant for the Overseas Development Institute Cambodia and Ethiopia offer valuable lessons on improving access to education after conflict, the theme of the 2011 EFA Global Monitoring Report, The hidden crisis: Armed … Continue reading

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Europe’s highest court backs Roma in segregation case

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, Europe’s highest court, ruled today in a case involving 14 children in Croatia that the segregation of Roma children into separate classes based on language is unlawful discrimination, violating the … Continue reading

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