Category Archives: Developing countries

Can Africa afford free education?

Today, BBC World Service is holding a debate in South Africa around the question ‘Can Africa afford free education?’, which we have been helping them answer. Inequality in education: poverty as a major factor. The new agenda calls for 12 … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Developing countries, Out-of-school children | 5 Comments

How we could triple the availability of textbooks

Our first new policy paper as the GEM Report is out today and shows how altering the textbook market to a more centralised finance model could take up to $3 off the price of each book. Combining this approach with … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Aid, Basic education, curriculum, Developing countries, Donors, Equity, Innovative financing, Learning, Literacy, Marginalization, Primary school, Quality of education, sdgs, Uncategorized, united nations | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Tanzania abolishes secondary school fees. But does anything come for free?

It is extremely good news to hear that the United Republic of Tanzania has cancelled school fees at the secondary level. This new policy aims to free families from any fees and contributions to education for 11 years of schooling. … Continue reading

Posted in Developing countries, Literacy, Marginalization, mdgs, sdg, sdgs, Secondary school, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Education increases awareness and concern for the environment

Our first blog around the COP21 taking place here in Paris where the GMR is based showed how education can help poorer communities respond and react to the impact of climate change. This blog shows that, by improving knowledge, instilling … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Democracy, Developed countries, Developing countries, Legislation | 6 Comments

Education: A powerful response to climate change

By Colin Bangay, the senior education adviser for the UK government’s Department for International Development in India; the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies. With a new World Bank report warning climate change could push more … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Developing countries, Disaster preparedness, Environment, Poverty, Rural areas, sdg, sdgs, Sustainable development | 3 Comments

Education 2030 Framework for Action: let’s get started

by Aaron Benavot and Manos Antoninis The Education 2030 Framework for Action was adopted today in a high level meeting alongside the 38th UNESCO General Conference. What is this document and what does it mean for our work over the … Continue reading

Posted in Adult education, Africa, Basic education, Developed countries, Developing countries, Early childhood care and education, Economic growth, Finance, integrated development, Learning, Literacy, Marginalization, Millennium Development Goals, Out-of-school children, Post-2015 development framework, Pre-primary education, Primary school, Report, sdg, sdgs | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Education cannot wait, and yet it always does

For many years now there have been calls for greater attention to education in crisis situations from a multitude of advocacy organisations and influential spokespeople. Despite this noise, although there have been some indications of progress, there have been no … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Aid, Conflict, Developed countries, Developing countries, emergencies, Finance, fragile states, Literacy, Out-of-school children, refugees, syria | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments