Category Archives: Basic education

Data is critical to achieving universal primary and secondary education

By Jo Bourne, Associate Director and Global Chief of Education, Programme Division, UNICEF, and Albert Motivans, Head of Education Statistics, UNESCO Institute for Statistics. It is time for a dose of pragmatism: 121 million children and young adolescents are out of school … Continue reading

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Who is Minding the Gap for Post Primary Transitions for Post 2015?

By Baela Raza Jamil, who currently serves as the Director of Programs Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi and the Institute for Professional Learning as well as Coordinator of the South Asian Forum for Education Development.  The 5th Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2014 … Continue reading

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2014 – a year of reflection

2014 was a year spent reflecting on past achievements in education and their implications for international policy commitments in 2015 and beyond. Our blog remained a popular online hub and the year’s most frequently read posts reflect key topics of … Continue reading

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Problem solving skills with global relevance

By Jenny Bradshaw and Francesco Avvisati, OECD The international community is intensively working on a set of goals and targets to be reached by 2030. Among them, the Education for All Steering Committee on Education Post-2015 has identified “knowledge and skills … Continue reading

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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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We owe all our children the benefits of quality education

By Mariam Khalique, a teacher from the Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan and previous teacher of  Malala Yousafzai. There is a saying in our national language: a teacher is like an architect who builds the soul and character of … Continue reading

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