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Transform.Ed Briefing #37
Inside the Briefing: Trends in access to education, transformative discovery of a teacher and the rising of nine girls on their journey to education - equity from theory to praxis
Equitable, quality education is at the core of sustainable development. As the world reflects on its journey to the halfway mark of the 2030 Agenda, we realize there is as much to do as to rejoice.
According to the Global Education Monitoring Report 2023, we may have seen considerable success in terms of gender parity in education, but some girls and women are still trapped in pockets of disadvantage due to location and poverty. For example, in rural North Macedonia, for every 100 boys who complete upper secondary education, there are only 87 girls who do so. In addition, children with at least one sensory, physical or intellectual difficulty were 7 percentage points less likely than the average child to complete primary school; the gap was 10 percentage points in Zimbabwe and 14 points in Iraq.
Apart from gender, economic status, location, and disabilities, parental education makes for another critical factor in improving or limiting access to education. It has been found that completing a level of education that one's parents never attended is a formidable challenge, whether for children of parents with no literacy in low-income countries or first-in-their-family university students in high-income countries.
Last week, we asked our readers about the biggest barrier they have encountered in ensuring equitable access to education. 50 percent of our respondents identified socio-economic disparities as the major hurdle, while the remaining half cited geographical and accessibility issues as the principal challenge.
Education, as an undeniable fundamental human right and a great enabler, is a bridge to prosperous lives and inclusive communities. However, amid such inequities, how do you think we can help bridge the gap in education itself? With the world going online, how do you think we can adopt technology more inclusively? How can we ensure no learner is deprived of such access?
Share your thoughts and experiences with your global peers in the comments below, or join the conversation on the Global Citizenship Foundation’s Educational Leadership Community, exclusively dedicated to educators worldwide. If you haven’t signed up yet, please get in touch with us here.
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This film follows 9 girls from Haiti, Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Egypt, Peru, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan on their journey to education.
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🇯🇴 Education Project Manager Syria Response Office, Norwegian Refugee Council, Ammam (Deadline: 21 Sep 2023)
🇦🇺 Junior Years Teachers, Prep to Year 5, Trinity Lutheran College, Gold Coast (Deadline: 25 Sep 2023)
🇲🇼 Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning Specialist, Lilongwe/Blantyre/Zomba/Mzuzu (Deadline: 25 Sep 2023)
🇧🇹 Education Specialist, UNICEF, Bhutan (Deadline: 29 Sep 2023)
🇹🇿 Chemistry Teacher, St. Constantine's International School, Arusha (Deadline: 07 Oct 2023)
🇹🇭 Early Years Teachers, British International School, Bangkok (Deadline: 07 Oct 2023)
🇧🇩 National Program Officer for Education - Health and Wellbeing, UNESCO, Dhaka (Deadline: 10 Oct 2023)
🇦🇺 Linguistic Lecturer, Australian National University, Canberra (Deadline: 18 Oct 2023)
🇯🇴 Inclusive Education Expert, International Research & Exchanges Board, Amman (Deadline: 31 Dec 2023)
🇮🇳 Program Associate, Literacy, Room to Read, Uttarakhand (Deadline: Open Until Filled)
🇺🇸 Senior Researcher, School and District Leadership, American Institutes for Research, US (Deadline: Open Until Filled)
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The Global Citizenship Foundation is a leading specialist international organization based in South Asia (NCR Delhi, India) and the European Union (Tallinn, Estonia). Its principal mandate is to realize the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 4 and Target 4.7 (Education for Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development). Since 2016, the GCF has impacted education in 70+ countries, striving to transform education for human and planetary flourishing.