International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde delivered a grim warning on Monday: Unless every government urgently invests more in education and research to boost weak productivity growth, living standards around the world, efforts to reduce inequality and social stability could all be jeopardized.
Education experts in Mexico met last week to discuss inequality, which they say will be the greatest challenge in reforming the country’s education system.
For this Humanosphere podcast, we explore one community’s battle to end the practice of female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision. Our Nairobi-based correspondent Charlie Ensor talks to Samuel Leadismo, founder of an organization known as the Pastoralist Child Foundation, in Samburu County, where female genital mutilation is thought to still be done on nearly all girls shortly before they reach puberty.
Despite improving access to primary education, children in Tanzania often do not continue on to secondary schools. Barriers including lack of rural schools, pressure to work and high-stakes exams prevent more than half of Tanzanian youth from enrolling in secondary school. Limited alternative options leave millions of young people at a lifelong disadvantage, according to Human Rights Watch.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced on Wednesday that narrowing the wealth inequality gap is at the top of this year’s agenda, and he plans to do so primarily by improving access to land, financial services and education for the poor.
The results of Chile’s standardized university admissions exams have renewed an ongoing debate over the country’s higher education system, which has long been criticized for perpetuating poverty and inequality.
The test results are in, and Vietnam’s education is schooling even developed nations. As a low-income country, Vietnam’s success proves that wealth no longer has to determine the educational success of a country or even a student if wise policies are in place to bridge the gap.
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Aceh, Indonesia last Wednesday has not only left more than 100 dead and nearly 84,000 homeless,…
For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we’re talking with Patrick Awuah, a Ghanaian who having done well in the United States – including a stint at Microsoft – has returned to his West African home to start its first liberal arts university.
Authorities have closed about 300 schools in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir state after fatal shelling racked areas near the Pakistan border for days and arsonists this week torched the latest of 28 schools in two months.