Quality education is one of the most leveraged investments for catalyzing development, promoting global health and reducing poverty, and universal education is one of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. Despite significant progress since the goals were created, 132 million children and youth are still out of school today. Experts with the Center for Universal Education, joined by other experts across Brookings, examine the global education architecture, the role of foreign assistance and educational strategies.
Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye - Girls read verses from the Koran at a local Koranic school on the second day of the holy month of Ramadan in Nigeria's northern city of Kano July 21, 2012.
Abducted Schoolgirls in Nigeria: Improving Education and Preventing Future Boko Haram Attacks
April 17, 2014, Emily Gustafsson-Wright and Katie Smith
Emily Gustafsson-Wright and Katie Smith argue that recent attacks by Boko Haram militants on schools and children amplify the widespread challenges that Nigeria has yet to overcome in regards to its education system.
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Director, Center for Universal Education
Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development
Justin W. van Fleet
Nonresident Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Center for Universal Education
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Center for Universal Education, Development Assistance and Governance Initiative
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