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Leapfrogging inequality: Remaking education to help young people thrive

Brookings India is hosting a Tiffin Talk on “Leapfrogging Inequality: Remaking Education to Help Young People Thrive” with Dr. Rebecca Winthrop, director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution.

Abstract:  In a world where the ability to manipulate knowledge and information, think critically, and collaboratively solve problems are essential to thrive, access to a quality education is crucial for all young people. In Leapfrogging Inequality, researchers chart a new path for global education by examining the possibility of leapfrogging—harnessing innovation to rapidly accelerate educational progress—to ensure that all young people develop the skills they need for a fast-changing world. Analyzing a catalog of nearly 3,000 global education innovations, the largest such collection to date, researchers explore the potential of current practices to enable such a leap. As part of this analysis, the book presents an evidence-based framework for getting ahead in education, which it grounds in the here-and-now by narrating exemplary stories of innovation from around the world. This concept and the book will be discussed by the author, Rebecca Winthrop, a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Dr. Winthrop’s insights, and these stories and resources will inspire educators, investors, leaders of nongovernmental organizations, and policymakers alike to rally around a new vision of educational progress—one that ensures we do not leave yet another generation of young people behind.

Speaker profile:  Rebecca Winthrop is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. Her research focuses on education globally, with special attention to the skills children need to succeed in their lives as workers and citizens. Of particular interest is improving quality learning for the most marginalized children and youth, including girls and children affected by extreme violence


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