1 Building classrooms does not equal learning

Kenyan primary school students, in class.Tom Murphy Amid UNESCO’s jaw-dropping report on the immense challenge to education around the world is an important fact: Some 37 countries are losing half of the money they invest in primary education because students are not learning. Even when children go to school, they…

1 Failing grade on education worldwide

For some reason, the critical role of education as a means to ‘sustainably’ reduce poverty and increase opportunity worldwide seldom gets the same attention as fighting diseases of poverty, technological innovation or efforts aimed at fostering healthier markets. Maybe that explains the depressing – mostly ignored – findings in a…

Human Rights
0 Child marriage seen as a girl’s health issue

CFR The development community is starting to pay closer attention to the problem of child marriages. Long considered an issue of human rights, the conversation about child marriage is shifting to that of health and education. Girls married too young are denied the educational opportunities of their peers and are…

0 Can schools profit from farming? This one might

Yala, Kenya – It is not often that a greenhouse is found on the property of a primary school in Kenya. Muhando primary school in Nyanza province has one. It is a part of an agriculture program at the school supported by the Millennium Villages Project (MVP). With successful crops…

1 Law & Order: Poverty alleviation unit

Gary Haugen (New York) – Movement inside of the Sheraton Hotel, location of the Clinton Global Initiative meeting, came to a standstill as President Obama exited the building. Press and meeting attendees left at once, flooding the lobby of the hotel. A swarm formed in front of the elevators as people…

1 Is education the most effective anti-poverty investment?

School in Kabkabiya, North Darfur.UNAMID Global Poverty Project CEO Hugh Evans made the case for supporting education in a recent blog post for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). He makes the case that investments in education are “perhaps the most effective and quickest way to reduce poverty.” Others point…

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