World poverty could be cut in half if all adults completed secondary education

ew UNESCO policy paper shows that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if all adults completed secondary school. Yet, new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show persistently high out-of-school rates in many countries, making it likely that completion levels in education will remain well below that target for generations to come.

More efforts are needed to mainstream values like tolerance and the appreciation of cultural diversity within National Education Policies

An analysis of different themes and concepts associated with Global Citizenship Education (GCED) reveals that within the main topics associated with GCED, appreciation of cultural diversity and tolerance are less likely to be reflected in national education policies, curriculum and teacher education.

Girls walk to school on the outskirts of Rangoon, Nov. 4, 2015. (Photo: Reuters via Irrawaddy.com)

Reforming Education Reform in Myanmar

Educating children and young people as agents of positive social change is of vital importance in Myanmar, especially during this critical period. The new education policies in the country should not only be linked to concerns about learning and cognition in schools but also to internal conflicts. Their potential to aggravate or ameliorate conflicts also needs to be thoroughly analysed.

Integrated Peace Education: A New Approach to Addressing Bullying

In this brief, Vishnu Kannan of the Roosevelt Institute argues that to address school bullying, the Michigan State Board of Education should require public high schools to offer an alternative to the ninth-grade world history requirement that analyzes theories and applications of nonviolence and various causes of conflict, in order to provide students with the skills to mediate conflict in their daily lives.

Meeting delegates. (Photo: UNESCO)

Identifying strategies and solidifying regional action for Global Citizenship Education

The 2017 Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Global Citizenship Education (GCED) Network Meeting under the theme ‘’Identifying Strategies and Solidifying Regional Action for GCED’’ was held April 6-7 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Co-organized by the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa and the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding, the meeting had three objectives: (1) to strengthen delivery mechanisms of GCED programmes towards improving impact and ensuring inclusive participation; (2) to improve the scope and outreach of GCED programmes within the region; and (3) to catalyze political engagement and leadership to ensure commitment of stakeholders.

Rwanda: Why Genocide Ideology Studies Are Key in Peace Building

The 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report revealed that the history taught at both primary and secondary levels propagated a version of the past based largely on colonial stereotypes and interpretations of Rwandan history, which supported the political ideology during that period and established fertile ground for conflict and genocide. What is taught to students has a lifelong impact on them and determines, to a large extent, their perception of life and their future decisions. This is precisely what informed the introduction of integrated genocide ideology studies so that a new generation of ‘clean minds’ is molded in the quest for a genocide ideology-free Rwanda.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is becoming an integral part of national education policies

Country reports from UNESCO Member States reveal that more than half have integrated ESD into their national education policies. The development of specific education policies on sustainable development appears to lag behind the rate at which the education sector is integrating an overall ESD agenda in national education policies.