The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have become a key metric for measuring the performance of developing countries in addressing critical development challenges. The goals are expressed in concrete, time-bound targets set in either in relative terms—for example reducing relative poverty by half—or in terms of ‘getting to zero’—for example achieving universal primary education. While originally framed as global targets, the MDGs have been widely applied as national targets to benchmark progress.
Over the course of the next few days, United Nations Member States will be meeting in New York for the next intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. Timed with the negotiations, the Global Education First Initiative has launched a new video highlighting the precise ways education can help achieve key goals in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda: from gender equality and healthy families to sustainable consumption and peaceful societies.
Ubongo is a Tanzanian social enterprise that creates fun animated educational content tailored to African learners. The organization was recently named one of Africa's Top Edupreneurs by Pearson Affordable Learning Fund and Village Capital, and its flagship program—Ubongo Kids—currently reaches over one million children throughout East Africa via television programming and an interactive SMS channel.
The technical and vocational education and training system in India needs to expand very rapidly if it is to serve the interests of the 5–6 million youth joining the labour force every year, and of an economy that is both growing rapidly as well diversifying fast.
Justifying an act of cheating could appear to be a moral low point—but in Bihar’s case, it needs to be done. For a few days now, a bizarre photograph of people climbing an unplastered brick wall of a four-storey building has stoked curiosity, mockery, outrage and shame. After all, how could parents and relatives of students appearing for the state board’s class 10 examination so brazenly aid their wards in this illegal exercise? But what transpired at Vidya Niketan School in Mahnar, a town in Bihar’s Vaishali district, isn’t a solitary incident in the state.
The concept of leaving no one behind is now firmly embedded in the post-2015 negotiations; however, there has been little discussion about what this means in practice. In order to deliver on the concept of leaving no one behind, we need to define what specific actions should be agreed through the post-2015 and Financing for Development negotiations. An event held at the United Nations on 19 March brought together United Nations negotiators, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss concrete proposals for leaving no one behind and seriously tackling inequality.
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