Category Archives: Africa

Out of date textbooks put sustainable development at risk.

Today, we’ve launched a new study into secondary school textbooks around the world, continuing our focus on the content of education, which we began in the 2016 GEM Report with a focus on curricula. Our focus on textbooks comes from … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Arab States, Asia, Basic education, Conflict, curriculum, Developed countries, Developing countries, Environment, Equity, Gender, Human rights, immigration, integrated development, Latin America, Literacy, parity, Teachers, teaching, textbooks, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Learning how to farm – the impact of Farmer Field Schools

By Mwatima Juma, Tanzania Country Programme Officer – IFAD A group of 20 farmers gather around a facilitator who is demonstrating how to prepare nutritious fodder for dairy cows on Zanzibar island, off the coast of Tanzania. They are attending … 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

“Youth need to be the beneficiaries and the guardians of the future”

The GEM Report will be holding the first ever digital youth launch of the 2016 GEM Report today at 2pm UCT. All are welcome. Please tune in to watch and ask questions during the digital launch from anywhere in the … Continue reading

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Missing from school: the education challenge in sub-Saharan Africa

Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, and Aaron Benavot, Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report With the Eurozone in turmoil and sluggish economic growth in the US and elsewhere, investors may well see sub-Saharan Africa – … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Basic education, Developing countries, Gender, Learning, Millennium Development Goals, Out-of-school children, Primary school, Secondary school, Skills, Testing, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Arguments and Evidence behind Public-Private Partnerships in Education

By Donald Baum, Assistant Professor of Education Policy and Economics, Brigham Young University Over the last few months, Liberia has become the site of and source for significant debate over its decision to initiate a large scale public-private partnership (PPP) … Continue reading

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What it’s like teaching refugees in Malawi

By Dede Buloba Everyone agrees that education is important in a refugee camp to help those who have had to drop out of school to move across borders. I can speak about this from my experience as refugee, now teaching … Continue reading

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