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With MDG2, the world committed to achieving universal primary education (UPE) by 2015. Since the commitment in 2000, there has been great progress. Thanks to savings from debt relief, development assistance for education and prioritization by African governments, 50.8 million children in sub-Saharan Africa went to school for the first time between 1999 and 2010. Despite a growing school-age population in sub-Saharan Africa, enrollment rates have risen and many countries have an equal number of boys and girls in primary education - ensuring an equal opportunity to learn for all children. But while many developing countries have made substantial progress in enrolling children in school, there still much to do to ensure all children get a quality education.
The Global Partnership for Education coordinates bilateral and multilateral support for education, using their multilateral fund to support developing countries' national education plans. The Global Partnership will host its first replenishment November 7-8, 2011 in Copenhagen, where donor governments will make pledges for the next three years. Fully funded, the Global Partnership will enroll 25 million children in primary school, put 50 million new textbooks in classrooms and train 600,000 new teachers in partner countries over the next three years. These are goals shared by donors and recipient countries alike. The success of this pledging conference will help determine how closely the world gets to achieving the Millennium Development Goal on education.
Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old student activist from Pakistan who was brutally shot by the Taliban on October 9, awoke from her coma last week. Doctors say that she has regained consciousness, but will need a significant period of rest and recuperation. Photo credit: http://www.brecorder.com/She wakes up ... More
This week, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released the 10th annual 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, focused on youth skills. It’s a 480-page tome chock-full of analysis and the statistics that allow us to measure progress in education.Here's a breakdown of some ... More
In this blog post, former UK Prime Minister and newly appointed UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown explains how activists can help provide every child in the world with a decent education through a new UN initiative, Education First. Education, we all know, is the foundation of a ... More
My grandmother was an English teacher, a poet and a lover of books. She gave me The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Little Women, Where the Sidewalk Ends and My Antonia. Children reading at the Matau Primary School, ZimbabweShe turned me into a voracious reader, but the books she gave me ... More
This post by Abdulai Shefu was kindly provided by the Millennium Villages ProjectHello, my name is Abdulai Shefu and I am the head teacher at Duu Primary and Junior High School located in the West Mamprusi District in northern Ghana. I can say that here at school we have two ... More
The African Economic Outlook (AEO) published their 2012 report recently, providing us with an overview of the economic progress for the entire continent over the past year. The Outlook is published annually by the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Center, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the United ... More
The number of African children in school thanks to the support of the Global Partnership. 62% of them are girls.
The amount by which Global Partnership countries increased education spending every year from 2000-2005.
The amount by which non-Global Partnership countries increased education spending every year from 2000-2005.
Reduction in aid for basic education per child in 2008.
children enrolled in primary school.
new teachers trained.
lives saved every year.