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  • Reply to: Political Will and Stakeholder Engagement: What Do We Know About the Political Economy of Education Systems?   2 days 15 hours ago
    Thank you for the comment Sigamoney.  I agree that we need a long term view of education if we are to make solid gains in improving outcomes for the majority of children.  Too often we neglect to consider the political economy aspects of education reform and offer only technocratic solutions.  We still have a long way to go to understanding the views of different stakeholders and how they affect educational change, let alone how to overcome differences, comes to a collective understanding, and move forward.  Hopefully, with more research, experience and experimentation we will get there.
  • Reply to: Keeping our eyes on the goal of learning for all   2 days 15 hours ago

    Right on.

    The discussion has to be very careful about the "quality" and "learning" agendas. There are good parts of having "quality" be about more than just narrow metrics on learning, but it also hides an "inputs" agenda, which is a road countries have already gone down for decades and we have the outcomes we have. Teaching and learning.

  • Reply to: Political Will and Stakeholder Engagement: What Do We Know About the Political Economy of Education Systems?   3 days 9 hours ago

    A very interesting input on educational reform. Accountability, improving results and advancing the quality of the education system is critical for countries to succeed. You have pointed out the major obstacles to education reform. I am of the view that educational reform is compromised by a tendency to obtain "quick wins". Education stakeholders and political forces are often under immense pressure to produce results. Particularly in developing contexts there are no quick fix solutions to education. The basics must be entrenched in the system to ensure that there are sustained and long term gains. Good teacher education, excellent intergovernmental oo-operation, accountability mechanisms and sophisticated advocacy is required. What is often missing is the emphasis on the collective good. Many year ago we spoke about the collective good and sociologists of education did a remarkable job of pointing this out. Rampant individualism and vested interests instead of the collective good has resulted in a very superficial education environment. Until we develop a better grasp of the political economy of reform and understand its long term implications for a society, very little progress will be achieved. Thanks for initiating discussion on this important topic

  • Reply to: Keeping our eyes on the goal of learning for all   6 days 10 hours ago

    Thank you for sharing an inspiring article Elizabeth. I think the World Cup has been inspiring and I was very moved and hopeful with the manner in which Ghana and Nigeria took on the most powerful teams in the world. Hard work, commitment, dedication and perseverance is what is required to move systems forward. My view is that it is possible to advance quality in any country despite the circumstances. One of the ways in which we can achieve this is to ensure there is quality interventions in the early years. Reading to children, making books available is an important point of departure. Inter-governmental collaboration between social development, health and education in the early years is an important intervention. Parents should become aware of their parenting responsibilities and educationists should make it possible for the value of education to be emphasized particularly in poor countries where education did not mean much for poor people. My view is that we need a game changer in the form of advocacy about the importance of reading and education in general, internationally but mainly in developing and very poor countries.

  • Reply to: Keeping our eyes on the goal of learning for all   6 days 13 hours ago

    Great piece and it reflects a lot of the current dialogue about a shift from just ensuring access but also quality. The criticism of the MDG to an extent the EFA goals has been the atmosphere of preference for primary education at the "expense" of ECCE, Secondary Education , adult Literacy so I hold reservations for a less targets. I would argue that going forward, as an implementer of education project on ground there needs to be that intentional mention of other forms of education other than P.education.

    Education also has to be given the priority. The issue of financing has come up and as usual there is some pushing and pulling on this. There has to be a firm commitment of what will be put in by governments both in the global north and south. After we have set up committees and blogs we needs to then start putting these great ideas in practice. We need to taken Education more seriously. Aid to Education has reduced over the years and this is key in implementing the outcomes of the post-2015 education development framework