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Time to prioritise teacher numbers and teaching quality

July 2014
Purna Kumar Shrestha
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In 2012, 58 million children of primary school age were out of school – but are those in school getting the education they need? For our national progress in education blog series, Purna Kumar Shrestha looks at the lack of quality in teaching and consequent poor results of those children who have spent years in education, and the lessons we can learn from VSO and the Department of Education's work in Papua New Guinea in improving access to qualified and motivated teachers.

National progress in education

As part of our education case study launch, we've asked a number of experts to consider what we have learned about education progress – in some cases globally and in others from a country perspective –  and to highlight the biggest victories, trade-offs, and lessons as we move toward a new set of post-2015 goals.

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The elephant in the room: Will more money get more kids learning?

June 2014
Susan Nicolai
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In this blog, Susan Nicolai argues that there's an elephant in the room at the Global Partnership for Education meeting in Brussels this week: Will more money actually get 57 million children who are out of school back into the classroom? And will pledges mean a better quality education for the 250 million children who are still not learning to a minimum standard?

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Domestic resources and better governance

June 2014
Tom Fry and Salome Zuriel
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How can the post-2015 development finance agenda deliver for citizens in developing countries? Tom Fry and Salome Zuriel write for our financing progress series about domestic resource mobilisation in Africa, looking at how it is becoming a priority for African governments and the ways in which it can make a strong contribution to meeting the needs and matching the priorities of African citizens.

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Moving beyond ‘visibility’ on sexual violence

June 2014
Pilar Dimingo
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Long-overdue media space for the truth about conflict-related sexual violence was generated by the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence, but Pilar Domingo argues that whilst this is a good thing, wider awareness itself doesn't make the difference needed. In this blog, she sets out what the summit achieved, and what else needs to be done to match the rhetoric.

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Women, peace and security - shifting attention back to where it matters

June 2014
Karen Barnes Robinson
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We need to make sure we focus on what happens on the ground rather than what happens on paper, argues Karen Barnes Robinson. For the issue of women, peace and security, this means recognising the importance of plans and policies such as UNSCR 1325 whilst focusing on ownership, application and how these instruments are used to leverage tangible change.


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