Category Archives: Literacy

Pakistan: Children in primary schools should be taught in their mother tongue

By Bushra Rahim, PhD student. “If we start speaking other languages and forget our own, we would not be we, we would be clones of an alien people; we would be aliens to ourselves” (UNESCO, The Use of Vernacular Languages … Continue reading

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Malawi: Why it’s important children learn to read in their mother-tongue

By Helen Abadzi, Radhika Iyengar, Alia Karim and Florie Chagwira – education specialists from the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, reading levels of students are far below grade level, and Malawi is no exception. … Continue reading

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Wanted urgently: adequately trained teachers so all children can go to school by 2030

By Aaron Benavot, director of the EFA Global Monitoring Report and Albert Motivans, head of Education Statistics at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.  A new paper jointly released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Education for All Global … Continue reading

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New: Advocacy Toolkit for Teachers

Today is World Teachers Day. It is a day for teachers to speak their minds and describe the challenges and joys of their daily experiences in the classroom. It is also a day for policy makers to listen carefully to … Continue reading

Posted in Basic education, Developed countries, Developing countries, Early childhood care and education, Literacy, Out-of-school children, Post-2015 development framework, Post-secondary education, Pre-primary education, Primary school, Sustainable development, Teachers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Photostory: The power of education

Sustainable development begins with an education as demonstrated by the following people from around the world. Download our booklet, released yesterday to coincide with the UN General Assembly, to show how education is a catalyst for lasting development. Click on … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Asia, Basic education, Economic growth, Employment, Equality, Gender, Health, Human rights, Latin America, Learning, Literacy, Nutrition, Post-secondary education, Primary school, Quality of education, Teachers, Youth | 3 Comments

Improving literacy for sustainable development

Today is International Literacy Day. The theme for this year is Literacy and Sustainable Development. The day will be “an opportunity to remember a simple truth: literacy not only changes lives, it saves them,” says the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina … Continue reading

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Youth is more than the theme of the day; it’s the theme of the decade

On International Youth Day, this blog looks at the continued importance of keeping the spotlight on better skills development for young people. In 2012, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report analysed the youth skills gap and reported that it … Continue reading

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