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The Education Network's Newsletter December 2013


Hurrah! The Education Network has received grants for year 2014 activities concerning Quality Education and review of learning experiences within the Education Network over the years. Therefore the Education Network will also function in 2014.

On November 12 the Education Network held an after-work meeting on the Quality in education for young peole in fragile situations. At the meeting Birgitte Lind Petersen presented examples of education which have had a positive effect on the life-chances and societal role of the youth. The examples concentrated on secondary education, accelerated learning and technical / vocational training. This was based on a recent study of hers; Regaining a future. Lessons learned from youth education in fragile situations.

The minutes from the meeting can be found on the Education Network webpage.


The past two decades have witnessed the rise of human rights based approaches in development practice, mainly among non-governmental organisations. But what do rights actually mean and how are they getting into practice rather than remaining as abstract concepts? KVINFO, FORDI – Forum for Rights and Development Denmark and KIT - Royal Tropical Institute (Netherlands)  invites to an evening seminar where the updated online guide on gender and rights will be introduced. This evening seminar is held in connection to the re-launch of the online Gender and Rights Guide, which will be presented in an updated version at this event. For more information and registration see here.


To build the basic human capital covered by the six EFA goals is an indispensable development stage that no country can leapfrog: It must be done. To reach these goals (though some may need to be reformulated) must therefore remain a top priority up to and beyond 2015 even as countries address higher-level skill needs. Therefore, the recent stagnation of aid – overall and to education – is of great concern. Also, available education aid must become more strategically targeted on supporting basic education in countries and for population who have missed out on this basic human right. Read the entire article by Birger Fredriksen here.

New estimates of R4D on the economic costs of out-of-school children: In a landmark behavioral economics study, Tversky and Kahneman (2002 Nobel laureate in Economics) found empirical evidence of loss aversion – people’s tendency to have a strong preference for avoiding losses over acquiring equal-valued gains. Because they do not benefit from primary education, out-of-school children will earn significantly less over their lifetimes and contribute less to their economies. 57 million out-of-school children is a staggering waste of human potential. To assess the magnitude of that wastage, we used two methodologies to estimate the cost of out-of-school children. The first is an arithmetic exercise in which we summed the expected foregone earnings of out-of-school children using wage data on primary and secondary school graduates in these countries. In the second approach, we used cross-country estimates of the relationship between education attainment and national income to estimate how much higher per capita GDP would be if universal primary education were reached in these countries. We applied this methodology to 20 countries, which were selected on the basis of geographic diversity and data availability. Read more here.

Over the past five years, a polarised debate about the potential contribution of low-cost private schools (LCPSs) to achieving Education for All (EFA) objectives has received growing coverage in international policy circles. At the heart of this debate are disputed questions about whether these schools are providing quality education, reaching disadvantaged groups, supporting or undermining equality (including between girls and boys), affordable for the poor and financially sustainable. This topic guide synthesises the best available evidence on these questions, navigating readers through often inconclusive and sometimes contradictory research findings. It examines the main challenges development agencies seeking to understand and support LCPSs have encountered to date, documenting emerging approaches and lessons learnt.

3 December is the UN's International Day for People with Disabilities: as such, GCE is launching a new policy report, Equal Right, Equal Opportunity: Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities. 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. You can find the report here.

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