@Brookings Podcast: The Education Crisis in Developing Countries

August 12, 2011

Expert Rebecca Winthrop explains that the education crisis in developing countries has three tiers of trouble: many children, especially those in conflict areas, can’t go to school; many children who do go to school are not learning fundamental skills like reading; and post-primary students don’t acquire the skills they need to get jobs. That’s disastrous for both the children and the nations where they live, Winthrop argues. Investing just four percent of national GDP in education, she says, can lift children out of poverty and improve overall economic success for the country in which they live.