Category Archives: Employment

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

Posted in Developing countries, Economic growth, Employment, Equality, Equity, Literacy, Out-of-school children, Primary school, Quality of education, Secondary school, Skills, Youth | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

PHOTO BLOG: The state of girls’ education around the world

To tie-in with the release of the Gender Summary of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013/4 published by UNESCO to mark International Women’s Day, this photo blog tells the story of the state of education for girls and young … Continue reading

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PISA results show the power of better education policies

The latest findings of the triennial Programme for International Student Assessment are released today. Andreas Schleicher, who directs the OECD programme, looks at some of the recipes for success in countries that have performed well. International comparisons are never easy … Continue reading

Posted in Basic education, Developed countries, Developing countries, Economic growth, Employment, Environment, Equality, Equity, Gender, Governance, North America, Quality of education, Teachers, Training | 4 Comments

We will never eradicate poverty without quality education for all

As the world marks International Day for Eradication of Poverty, it is crucial to spread the message that equal access to quality education plays a key role in eradicating poverty.  Since 1990, although rates have been cut in half, 21% … Continue reading

Posted in Economic growth, Employment, Equality, Famine, Millennium Development Goals, Out-of-school children, Post-2015 development framework, Poverty, Quality of education | 34 Comments

Valuing teachers is about more than their salaries

By Sunny Varkey, founder and trustee of the Varkey GEMS Foundation, is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for education partnerships I am immensely proud that my parents were teachers. I recently asked my mother what she believed they had achieved by … Continue reading

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Why girls’ education matters

With 31 million girls of primary school age out of school, and 17 million expected never to enter school at all, the situation for girls’ education desperately needs addressing. But why does it matter? This Friday is International Day of the Girl Child, where … Continue reading

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