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The Role of the Commonwealth in Supporting Education

2012 has seen Ministerial Task-Force proposals on ways for restructuring the Commonwealth Secretariat  command the attention of stakeholders across all Commonwealth education organisations.  At the heart of this are concerns that the role of education in Commonwealth activities could be marginalised, that the place for a dedicated education section within the Secretariat would be lost, […]

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Transforming girls’ education: how do we advance measurements of ‘success’?

The burgeoning discourse on girls’ education in a post-Millennium Development Goal world emphasises rights and quality as fundamental factors to supersede a focus so far on access.  Education programmes that concentrated on increasing girls’ enrolment in primary school have had significant success: the 2012 UN MDG Report announced global gender parity in primary school enrolment. […]

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Are Girls overtaking Boys in Education?

According to UNESCO’s 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR), the world has achieved gender parity in enrolment at both primary and secondary levels.  Gender disparities remain at the country level, but the number of countries where boys outnumber girls in secondary school is now balanced by the number where girls are in the […]

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From Literacy to Literacies?

Around the world, Literacy is regarded as an indisputable public good, central to all educational initiatives. As the 2006 UNESCO Global Monitoring Report on ‘Literacy for Life’ emphasised: ‘Literacy is more than a single goal: it is at the heart of the EFA endeavour’ (p 24). Here in the UK, politicians and employers are always […]

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Girls Education – which way forward?

Students from a US based MA course recently asked me why NGOs put too much emphasis on shocking statistics and pictures of girls only while boys from poor and conflict affected countries were also disadvantaged? “Why discriminate” they asked? It dawned on me that to one not caught up in the debates, or one witnessing […]

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