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Children at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea - Ness Kerton AusAid (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Time to prioritise teacher numbers and teaching quality

Purna Kumar Shrestha
22 July 2014

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.

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A boy sells bread in Kyrgyz Republic- Nick Van Praag the World Bank (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Partnerships to finance the post-2015 development agenda

Mahmoud Mohieldin
17 July 2014

The World Bank Group's Mahmoud Mohieldin writes on what is important to focus on as 2015 approaches. He identifies global implementation partnerships, national level strategies and more as being crucial to achieving successful financing for the post-2015 agenda.

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Afghan women voting- USAID (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Why the women’s vote matters in Afghanistan’s election

Anna Larson
17 July 2014

Wtih preliminary results in for Afghanistan's presidential election, Anna Larson looks at the significance of women's votes to the count, the prospects for women's empowerment post-election and whether women in Afghanistan can expect real progress to match the rhetoric.

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Girls in school in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Pakistan - DFID (Creative Commons licensed via Flickr)

Numbers can lie: youth reflections on MDG lessons for the post-2015 education agenda

Chernor Bah and Madeline Serena
11 July 2014

Despite not reaching the Millennium Development Goal of a full primary education for every child, when looking towards the post-2015 framework, it is important to take into consideration the lessons we have learned. Chernor Bah and Madeline Serena discuss the key themes that have emerged from discussions with young people – leaders, actors and activists – on what has worked on education initiatives.

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