Author Archives: GEM Report

Global Education Meeting commitments in the wake of COVID-19: where do we stand?

By Silvia Montoya, Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics Since the first school closures in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented education systems with unprecedented challenges. The declaration of the Global Education Meeting (GEM) in October 2020 captured the concerns … Continue reading

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Consultation: what country profiles on technology and education?

The 2023 GEM Report will critically examine the role of technology in education. It will examine the potential and risks involved, as well as the challenges that technology puts on governments aiming to come up with coherent policies that maximize gains, while minimizing threats. The concept note of the … Continue reading

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The power of radio in Sierra Leone: ensuring no child is left behind

By Dr David Sengeh, Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education of Sierra Leone and Chair of the Advisory Board for the GEM Report I was only a few months into my new role as Sierra Leone’s Education Minister when … Continue reading

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Early childhood education should be compulsory and inclusive

This morning, a new policy paper, Right from the Start, reminds countries of their SDG 4 commitment to ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready … Continue reading

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Making gender the norm: why now is the time to prioritize girls’ education

By Robert Jenkins and Lauren Rumble, UNICEF An estimated 214 million children globally – or 1 in 7 – have missed more than three-quarters of their in-person learning over the past year. This is the biggest education crisis the world … Continue reading

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Have we kept our promise on girls’ education?

English / Español More than 25 years ago, the world made a promise in Beijing, to advance the rights of girls and women around the world. Access to quality education for girls was the driving force behind this commitment, enabling … Continue reading

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Education from the Jhuggis (Shanty Towns) of Karachi, Pakistan

By Muhammad Aqeel Awan and Muhammad Fiaz Virk, researchers with ASER Pakistan, at Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA). “I study in class seven … Mathematics is my favorite subject.” We were not expecting to hear these words when we stepped out to explore … Continue reading

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How we educated Palestinian refugee students during Covid-19 lockdown

By Nesrin Al Hasan, Principal  Truth be told, we are used to emergencies. I am the principal of a school in one of the largest Palestine refugee camps in Lebanon. The camp was set up just after 1948 during the … Continue reading

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Supporting vulnerable adolescent girls to continue their education should be prioritised in recovery plans for COVID-19

By Kath Ford, Young Lives Substantial progress has been made in educating girls and young women in low- and middle-income countries over the last few decades.  The 2020 GEM Gender Report estimated that 180 million more girls have enrolled in … Continue reading

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Trash Hack: young people rethink waste in their schools, homes and communities with UNESCO

By Giulia Ceriani, UNESCO Each year the world generates over two billion tonnes of waste. Trash clogs our oceans, fills our streets and litters huge areas of the planet. Waste and over consumption are both contributors to the climate crisis. … Continue reading

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