Wednesday, 15 June 2011The Brookings Institution invited FAWE Executive Director Ms Oley Dibba-Wadda to give a keynote address and participate in a panel discussion at the launch of the Global Compact on Learning: Taking Action on Education in Developing Countries report in Washington DC, USA, on 15 June 2011.
The report, which was developed by the Center for Universal Education at Brookings with input from FAWE and other partners, calls for global cooperation and action on education in developing countries. It sets out three priorities that are crucial to addressing the global learning crisis: supporting quality early childhood development and learning opportunities for boys and girls, building foundational skills in literacy and numeracy in the lower primary grades, and supporting the completion of secondary school and post-primary opportunities that build relevant life and labour skills.
Stressing the importance of a new global education agenda, Ms. Dibba-Wadda made a number of recommendations for strategies to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for all girls and boys. These included:
- Catalysing and sustaining targeted, coordinated action to improve learning opportunities and outcomes;
- Placing education high on the global policy agenda and ensuring this is accompanied by high-level political commitment and action at national and international levels;
- Ensuring education sector actors work together toward a common goal of improved learning for all; and
- Implementing bold and innovative action to ensure that children who are still out of school have access to a high quality education and those who are in school acquire the knowledge and skills needed for healthy and productive lives.
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