Reaching the Marginalized: Is a Quality Education Possible for All?
Education systems in many of the world’s poorest countries are now experiencing the aftershock of the global economic downturn and millions of children are still missing out on their right to a quality education. After a decade of advances, progress toward the Education for All goals may stall or be thrown into reverse. Presenting a new estimate of the global cost of reaching the goals by 2015, the report challenges governments and the international community to act urgently to adopt targeted policies and practices to prevent a generation of children from being left without a proper education.
On January 20, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings hosted the launch of UNESCO’s 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR) with Kevin Watkins, director of the GMR. The report introduces a new, innovative tool to identify the “education-poor” who are excluded from accessing a quality education. A panel discussion followed featuring Elizabeth King of the World Bank; Barbara Reynolds of UNICEF; and Brookings Fellow Rebecca Winthrop. Brookings Senior Fellow Jacques van der Gaag moderated the discussion.
“The 21st century has revalued these small geographies. That’s what the 21st century demands,” Katz said, noting that these days, “[w]e aren’t innovating in isolated business parks” in the suburbs.