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6 years ago
Recent reports from the International Labor Organization (ILO) shows that individuals with post-secondary education are more likely to be unemployed in lower-income countries. This seems rather shocking because a person’s level of education normally determines his or her employment status. Additionally, the report argues that access to higher education does not guarantee employment in lower-income countries. One of the important aspects of developing a country and its economy is job creation. The fact that individuals with high education levels are likely to remain unemployed after graduating ...
6 years ago
One of the biggest challenges facing global education is illiteracy. It is essential for students to obtain basic reading and writing skills. However, due to poverty, social inequality, and other factors, many people around the world can neither write nor read. As highlighted in this piece, approximately 757 million people around the world lack basic reading and writing skills. Illiteracy is a problem that can lead to other problems such as crime, infant mortality, infectious diseases, and poverty. In ...
6 years ago
The rapid growth in privately owned schools in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya is due to lack of quality public education. More and more poor children in the slums of Nairobi are enrolling in privately held schools. However, most of the private schools are not registered with Kenya’s Ministry of Education. As a result, students in private schools who may qualify for the country’s free education grants are not receiving it. Most of the private schools in the slums are low-fee private schools, while the higher-fee private schools are found in more affluent areas. Although the Kenyan government provi...
6 years ago
“Education is a right”. These simple but powerful words were in the spirit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which sough to achieve universal primary education in 15 years. As the focus shifts to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is growing discussion among the global community on not just enrolling students but ensuring they are also learning. The recently completed Oslo Summit on Education Development sought to do just that. The high level meeting highlighted important changes to improve education-learning outcomes. The summit is intended to help, and provide e...
6 years ago
One of the most important contributions a person can make is giving back to their community. It demonstrates the commitment to help make the world a better place. Furthermore, giving back to the community provides opportunity for those who are less fortunate. Such has been the story of Valentino Deng, a Sudanese native who gave back to his community by building a high school. According to this piece from the New York Times, Deng fled from his hometown in South Sud...
6 years ago
Most companies these days recruit individuals who can bring new methods and ideas to the table. This article highlights the importance of research and development (R&D), which is the foundation of innovation. Companies that invest more in R&D show signs of growth and advancement. Likewise, investing in R&D can help boost the overall economy of a country: skilled workers will be employed and new products will be on the market for consumers. Below is an infographic of countries that spend...
6 years ago
There are approximately 59 million children and 65 million adolescents out of school across the globe. As a result, they are denied a right a basic human right in today's world. Education is a human right that can't be taken for granted. I believe every child's wish is to go to school and learn. However, disasters, epidemics and conflict often make it difficult for children to fulfill their educational goals. Nonetheless, there is no problem without a solution. Governments, parent and teacher associations must collaborate with the private sector and civil society organizations to create produc...
6 years ago
Child Labor is a violation of human rights law and perpetrators should be held accountable. There are many causes to child labor such poor quality education or lack thereof. Education can be one of the remedies to solving this. Students who drop out of school at early age are prone to all sorts of disadvantages. They are disadvantaged later in life because they lack basic numeracy and literacy skills to become active participants in society. This piece talks more about child labor, locati...
6 years ago
For many years, more and more refugees across the globe have been unable to fulfill their dreams because of their education status. Lack of proper documentation deters refugees from continuing or starting their higher education. However, with the introduction of Wings University, refugees can now achieve their goals. Wings University is a non-profit online university established by Markus Kressler. At Wings University, enrollment is free and students do not have to provid...
6 years ago
The Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria has destroyed so many lives. Students have been restricted from attending schools and citizens have been forced to flee their homes because they are not safe. According to this piece, students displaced by Boko Haram have been denied access to education by the federal government. Government schools have rejected them because they lack the necessary documents for admission. Many students have no school to attend or a job. I s...