Category Archives: Africa

No more excuses. Provide education to all forcibly displaced people

By the GEM Report and the UNHCR Education Section Days before the World Humanitarian Summit, we have jointly released a new policy paper, ‘No more excuses’, with new data showing that only 50% of refugee children are in primary school … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Arab States, Child soldiers, Conflict, data, Developing countries, Disaster preparedness, Equality, fragile states, Human rights, immigration, Legislation, Out-of-school children, Primary school, Quality of education, refugees, Refugees and displaced people, sdgs, syria, Uncategorized, violence | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Funding education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Can the momentum be maintained during the current economic slowdown?

This blog, by Birger Fredriksen, a leading expert on the development of education in developing countries at the Results for Development Institute, shows that concerted efforts are needed to stop the economic slowdown in sub-Saharan Africa from impacting on its … Continue reading

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Kenya’s primary schools (or those with electricity) to get laptops any time now

The government in Kenya is about to live up to its 2013 election pledge and deliver laptops to primary schools any day now, or, at least, to all primary schools with electricity… Kenya’s education system is in need of an … Continue reading

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South Africa: proof that language in school can be a source of grievance if not done right

The Soweto uprising is probably one of the most impactful demonstrations for language and learning rights to take place across the globe. It placed the anti-apartheid struggle on an international platform and presented a massive shift in gear for the … Continue reading

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What happens if an education system is outsourced?

The new Liberian Education Minister, George Werner, announced in January that the pre-primary and primary schools in the country will move over to be run by ‘public-private’ partnerships in a $65 million five year deal. Why this change? In February … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Aid, Finance, Post-2015 development framework, private schools, private sector, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 11 Comments

Can Africa afford free education?

Today, BBC World Service is holding a debate in South Africa around the question ‘Can Africa afford free education?’, which we have been helping them answer. Inequality in education: poverty as a major factor. The new agenda calls for 12 … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Developing countries, Out-of-school children | 6 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 , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments