School & District Management News in Brief

Educational Quality Pushed for Developing World

By Gina Cairney — March 26, 2013 2 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Ensuring universal access to a sound education throughout the world—and identifying ways to measure progress toward that goal—will be a key priority of international aid organizations, funders, and experts working to continue efforts under the Millennium Development Goals after they expire in 2015, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. UNESCO, with the government of Senegal and other aid organizations, convened partners in the effort in Dakar this month as part of a series of global consultations to discuss how to further advance the “education for all” agenda adopted by world leaders in 2000.

While the international effort to ensure educational access in the developing world—one of eight goals to eradicate poverty and improve health worldwide—has opened the school doors to more than 50 million more pupils in that time, another 61 million primary-school-aged children still lack educational opportunities, according to UNESCO.

“Education is not only a human right, it’s an enabler for realizing other rights,” UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, Qian Tan, said in a statement.

Education is understood by many experts to be essential to reversing inequalities and reducing poverty, but for some children, particularly girls and those living in conflict zones, there are significant barriers to getting a quality education.

When the Millennial Development Goals were first adopted in 2000, the emphasis was on providing universal access to primary education. But the success of the program was based solely on the numbers of children attending school, not the quality of the education they received or completion rates, according to coverage of the event by Integrated Regional Information Networks, the U.N. news service, based in Nairobi, that covers humanitarian and development issues.

As a result, more than a third of the 650 million children who received a primary education lacked basic numeracy and literacy skills, a 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report found.

Experts at the gathering suggested the agenda extend basic education beyond the primary level to include at least three years of secondary school, and perhaps even a year of early-childhood education.

“Quality needs to go beyond literacy and numeracy,” Caroline Pearce, the head of policy at the Global Campaign for Education, told the news service, including a focus on safer learning environments.

A version of this article appeared in the March 27, 2013 edition of Education Week as Educational Quality Pushed for Developing World

Events

English-Language Learners Webinar Helping English-Learners Through Improved Parent Outreach: Strategies That Work
Communicating with families is key to helping students thrive – and that’s become even more apparent during a pandemic that’s upended student well-being and forced constant logistical changes in schools. Educators should pay particular attention
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Mathematics Webinar
Addressing Unfinished Learning in Math: Providing Tutoring at Scale
Most states as well as the federal government have landed on tutoring as a key strategy to address unfinished learning from the pandemic. Take math, for example. Studies have found that students lost more ground
Content provided by Yup Math Tutoring
Classroom Technology Webinar Building Better Blended Learning in K-12 Schools
The pandemic and the increasing use of technology in K-12 education it prompted has added renewed energy to the blended learning movement as most students are now learning in school buildings (and will likely continue

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School & District Management Opinion ‘This Is Not What We Signed Up For’: A Principal’s Plea for More Support
School leaders are playing the role of health-care experts, social workers, mask enforcers, and more. It’s taking a serious toll.
Kristen St. Germain
3 min read
Illustration of a professional woman walking a tightrope.
Laura Baker/Education Week and uzenzen/iStock/Getty
School & District Management Letter to the Editor Educators Must Look to History When They Advocate for Changes
Educators and policymakers must be aware of the history of ideas when making changes in education, says this letter to the editor.
1 min read
Illustration of an open laptop receiving an email.
iStock/Getty
School & District Management Letter to the Editor Reconsidering Causes of Principal Burnout
The state and federal governments are asking us to implement policies that often go against our beliefs, says this letter to the editor.
1 min read
Illustration of an open laptop receiving an email.
iStock/Getty
School & District Management Teachers Want Their Administrators to Teach. Here's Why
Principals and other education administrators should even be required to spend time teaching in the classroom, according to teachers responding to an EdWeek query.
Hayley Hardison
4 min read
Teacher Principal 11122021 1310106400
E+/Getty