Author Archives: Aaron Benavot

About Aaron Benavot

Director, Global Education Monitoring Report; Professor, School of Education, Univ at Albany-SUNY; mentor

How would education suffer without aid from the USA?

Last week, White House officials said that President Trump would increase military spending by $54 billion, taking funds from domestic programs and foreign aid to pay the bill. What would a total cut of all USA aid for education mean? … Continue reading

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How to reach a consensus on reporting learning globally

Carrying out national and cross-national learning assessments involves an enormous commitment of time, effort and resources. As such, they are most cost effective when they serve multiple purposes, which might also include providing an input to global monitoring of learning … Continue reading

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Comparing learning across diverse systems: a global challenge

Until recently education systems focused almost entirely on measuring access to and completion of school instead of what students take away from their schooling experience. Since 2000 there has been a pronounced shift to measuring learning outcomes, with more and … Continue reading

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Join us online today for our event at the UN General Assembly

Later today in New York the GEM Report is holding a high-level round table discussion with key partners and stakeholders on the fringes of the General Assembly. Moderated by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Chair of the GEM Report Advisory Board, the … Continue reading

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Why have countries committed to development targets they might never reach?

It seems a strange decision for any country, let alone all, to sign up to a global commitment they know they will never reach. End Hunger? Eradicate poverty? Are these lofty goals really possible? In the next 15 years? Exactly … Continue reading

Posted in Adult education, Africa, Arab States, Basic education, Climate change, Developed countries, Developing countries, Disaster preparedness, Equity, integrated development, Learning, Millennium Development Goals, monitoring, Post-2015 development framework, sdgs, Sustainable development, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

How we could triple the availability of textbooks

Our first new policy paper as the GEM Report is out today and shows how altering the textbook market to a more centralised finance model could take up to $3 off the price of each book. Combining this approach with … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Aid, Basic education, curriculum, Developing countries, Donors, Equity, Innovative financing, Learning, Literacy, Marginalization, Primary school, Quality of education, sdgs, Uncategorized, united nations | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Education 2030 Framework for Action: let’s get started

by Aaron Benavot and Manos Antoninis The Education 2030 Framework for Action was adopted today in a high level meeting alongside the 38th UNESCO General Conference. What is this document and what does it mean for our work over the … Continue reading

Posted in Adult education, Africa, Basic education, Developed countries, Developing countries, Early childhood care and education, Economic growth, Finance, integrated development, Learning, Literacy, Marginalization, Millennium Development Goals, Out-of-school children, Post-2015 development framework, Pre-primary education, Primary school, Report, sdg, sdgs | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments