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Eurydice report: National Sheets on Education Budgets in Europe 2014

Eurydice report: National Sheets on Education Budgets in Europe 2014

The new National Sheets on Education Budgets in Europe: 2014 reveal that 2 out of 3 countries/regions in Europe are increasing their education budget for 2014 by more than 1 % at current prices. Conversely, 7 countries decreased their budgets by more than 1 %. Overall, statistics reveal that budget differences between countries are increasing.

The report covers 34 education systems across 29 European countries – most EU Member States, as well as Iceland, Norway, Montenegro and Turkey. The national sheets present an overview of the education budgets by type of expenditure and level of education.

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CEDAW's concluding observations warn against privatisation of education in Ghana

CEDAW's concluding observations warn against privatisation of education in Ghana

In its concluding observations, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) expressed its concerns "about the trend towards privatisation of education and the priority given to schooling of boys over girls" in Ghana. The Committee recommended that Ghana "intensify efforts to reduce disparities in access to education and in terms of quality of education between urban and rural areas as well as public and private schools".

These recommendations follow a recent report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which formally asked the Ghanaian Government to explain itself on the growing privatisation in education and the effect it has on the realisation of the right to education for all in the country.

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EFA GMR Policy Paper: Increasing Tax Revenues to Bridge the Education Financing Gap

EFA GMR Policy Paper: Increasing Tax Revenues to Bridge the Education Financing Gap

The new EFA-GMR new policy paper shows that, if governments in low and middle income countries modestly increased their tax-raising efforts and devoted a fifth of their budget to education, they could fill over half of the annual funding gap for basic and lower secondary education.  

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Global Learning Crisis Report

Global Learning Crisis Report

The Global Learning Crisis report explores exactly what quality learning means for pre-primary through secondary schools. It reinforces the fact that quality in education needs to be ensure in its delivery, including those recommendations on how to integrate a focus on learning in national and global education initiatives. It addresses questions such as why simply providing access is not enough for the education system - Quality learning, which encompasses those processes through which people may utilize education to take full advantage of their capacity to engage their communities and contribute positive accepting attitude towards their societies.

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New GCE policy report on education and disability

New GCE policy report on education and disability

The Global Campaign for Education’s new report focuses on disability and education and highlights the profound challenges faced by children with disabilities in realising their right to education. In low- and middle-income countries, children with disabilities are often the most excluded group from education. Even when children with disabilities actually go to school the only education available is often in segregated schools, which acts to further marginalise them from their community. This report synthesises current evidence around the scale of the challenge, highlighting levels of exclusion from education faced by children with disabilities, as well as outlining the common barriers faced in gaining access to a quality education. It also aims to set out the case for inclusive education systems, where children with disabilities are brought into mainstream schools, and classrooms and schools respond and adapt more effectively to their needs.  Finally, the report summarises the policy responses which can help bring down the common barriers – from the family, local communities and national government, through to the international community – setting out clear set of areas of action and policy recommendations for governments, donors and the international community.

Privatisation of schools - Selling out the right to quality public education for all

Privatisation of schools - Selling out the right to quality public education for all

This booklet brings together educators from different countries to examine the negative effects of privatisation on the right to education, education quality, equity and teaching. Building upon specific examples in the US, Canada, Chile and South Africa, it makes the argument that privatisation increases inequality and stratification in education, and substitutes good public policy with the vagaries of charity or the single-mindedness of profit-making.

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Privatisation in Chile - Report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Privatisation in Chile - Report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The report was submitted by several civil society organisations to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights ahead of its pre-session during the first week of December, following which it will decide on a "list of issues", including questions which the Chilean authorities will have to respond to in writing. It calls on UN human rights experts to question the government of Chile about the human rights violations resulting from its privatised education system. The report is also released while the Chilean parliament is about to review a second package of laws to reform the education system, which will be crucial for the future orientation of the education system in Chile.

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Privatisation of Education: Global Trends of Human Rights Impact

Privatisation of Education: Global Trends of Human Rights Impact

As indicated by the Right to Education Project: "This report addresses key impacts of privatisation on the right to education by compiling findings from a human rights based analysis of 18 social research papers that cover Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, which were commissioned in 2012 by the Privatisation in Education Research Initiative. Through applying a human rights based analysis to these previously gathered examples of privatisation of education, the report highlight some of the key positive and negative human rights impacts, and identify recommendations for stakeholders, as well as the potential areas for further human rights-focused research on privatisation of education."

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Envisioning Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Envisioning Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Global Thematic Consultation on Education aims to measure the progress that the EFA and MDGs have made since 2000, as well as the remaining challenges until their completion in 2015. The consultation will be used for the development of the post-2015 agenda. The consultation is co-organized by both UNESCO and UNICEF, with additional support from the Governments of Senegal, Canada and Germany as well as the Flora Hewlett Foundation. "The consultation collectively identified several gaps linked to access, quality and learning, equity and gender equality."

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Humanitarian impacts of the economic crisis in Europe

Humanitarian impacts of the economic crisis in Europe

This is a comprehensive report on the more humanitarian aspect of the affects of the economic crisis on societies; this report contains only a portion of educational hinderances accounted for during the European recession that began in 2008. Additional information on the affects on education is also available on this webpage.

"Youth seem to be more divided and there is a worrying development of a growing number of young people with difficulties finding additional training or employment after finishing their compulsory education."

-Finnish Red Cross

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2014 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to education

2014 Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to education

At the last United Nations General Assembly, the Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Mr. Kishore Singh, presented his report focusing on the State obligations for the provision of the right to education as well as respect for the principles of social justice and equity, in face of the exponential growth of private education.

The report underlines that Governments must meet their international obligations through strengthening their public education system and carefully regulating private schools,calling upon States to put an end to market-driven education reforms providing subsidies to private education.

Corporate influence in the Post-2015 process

Corporate influence in the Post-2015 process

This working paper examines the role and influence of business actors in the process towards the Post-2015 agenda of the UN, with particular attention to the influence of large transnational corporations. 

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Low Cost Private Schools: Evidence, Approaches and Emerging Issues

Low Cost Private Schools: Evidence, Approaches and Emerging Issues

This is a report by Claire Mcloughlin, of the University of Birmingham, for ESP-PEAKS collating substantial evidence on LCPS schools and their implications in terms of equity, quality of provision, educational outcomes, accountability, affordability, cost-effectiveness and financial sustainability. This report primarily includes country case examples from: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, with the aim of providing a deeper understanding into some of the complex debate issues regarding the potential contribution of LCPSs to achieving the EFA goals.

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Education Transforms Lives

Education Transforms Lives

This publication of bright, informative infographics depicts the different ways in which different groups of people from around the world can benefit from an equal access to quality education. It shows how education connects people and communities at their cores, and therefore how it is able to allevate several different types of societal issues. "Education lights every stage of the journey to a better life, especially for the poor and the most vulnerable..."

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OECD Skills Outlook 2013

OECD Skills Outlook 2013

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has launched its OECD Skills Outlook 2013. This report emphasises that boosting skills is essential for tackling joblessness and improving well-being. The low-skilled are more likely than others to be unemployed, have bad health and earn much less, according to the first OECD Survey of Adult Skills released on 8 October. Countries with greater inequality in skills proficiency also have higher income inequality. The Survey measured the skills of 16 to 65-year olds across 24 countries and looked at how literacy, numeracy and problem-solving is used at work. 

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