Top Blog Posts of 2014

Top 20 posts on the Education for All Blog in 2014

It's that time of year again and first and foremost we would like to thank all of our blog contributors who have helped to communicate our joint mission of achieving a quality education for all children.

This year the Education for All Blog had a total of 291 blog posts in English and French on a wide range of topics including best practices for teacher training, which languages help children learn best, early education, children with disabilities and last but certainly not least, data!

Here is our list of the top 20 blog posts. But it should be noted that several authors made the list numerous times so we have included their top post and links to their other popular ones.

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by Jessica Ball on February 21
Children Learn Better in Their Mother Tongue

Globally, there are 50-75 million 'marginalized' children who are not enrolled in school. Children whose primary language is not the language of instruction in school are more likely to drop out of school or fail in early grades.

by GPE Secretariat on May 6
Thursday Twitter Takeover with Julia Gillard

On Thursday May 8, Julia Gillard, former prime minister of Australia and board chair for the Global Partnership for Education, answers questions about global education.

GPE Secretariat's other top blog posts were on April 7, June 27, August 1, July 11, October 24

by Mary Burns on November 26
Five Models of Teacher-Centered Professional Development

A look at five models of teacher-centered professional development (PD) that are used well in low-income countries and that offer alternatives to the duopoly of workshops and the cascade approach.

Mary Burns' other top blog posts were on September 9, March 12, October 5, April 30, May 27

by Livia Barton on September 20
Live Education Events at the United Nations General Assembly

Watch livestreams of important education events during the UN General Assembly week in New York.

by Dzingai Mutumbuka on March 13
There's No One-size-fits-all Approach to Improve Learning

During the struggle for freedom in Zimbabwe, I always remember a certain general who used to say, "The challenge is not finding the problem – that's easy. The hard part is identifying the solution." This is as true in war as it is in every other human endeavor.

by Jo Bourne on March 6
Why Educating Girls Makes Economic Sense

On the occasion of International Women's Day, Jo Bourne of UNICEF discusses the importance of educating girls.

by Julia Gillard on February 10
My Passion for Education

First thoughts from Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia on her new appointment as Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education

Julia Gillard's other top blog post was on March 24

by Aglaia Zafeirakou on November 24
Quality Preschool Education for All: Is it Possible?

This week key Early Childhood Care and Education partners, including UNICEF, the German Develoment Cooperation Ministry (BMZ) with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Global Partnership, are organizing a regional workshop in Zanzibar to discuss how to operationalize and bring to scale quality ECCE programs in Africa.

by Koli Banik and Nora Fyles on April 29
How to Get Girls into Secondary School and Keep Them There?

Governments all over the world struggle with this question: How can we keep girls in primary school and help them transition to secondary school? Two new papers address this issue.

by Alice Albright on April 15
Disabled People in Developing Countries Are the Poorest of the Poor

"Disabled people in developing countries are the poorest of the poor: if we are serious about tackling extreme poverty, our development work has to target them." - Sir Malcolm Bruce, U.K. Parliament. That is precisely the imperative we figure into our work to ensure all children around the globe get a good quality education.

Alice Albright's other top blog posts were on October 11 and November 4

by Lauren Greubel on March 18
5 Stories About Youth Taking the Lead to Improve Education

Working on international education, each day we discuss policies, programs and partnerships that affect the lives and well being of children and youth.

by Pauline Rose on June 10
New Proposals on Post-2015 Education Goals: How Do They Compare?

Last week saw the announcement of proposed education targets following UNESCO's Global Education Meeting in Muscat, at the same time as the zero draft of Open Working Group recommendations on sustainable development goals was made public. In certain ways there are similarities between the two proposals as far as education is concerned, but also some important differences.

by Luis Crouch on August 21
Towards Nuts and Bolts for a Data Revolution

We need to address the lack of education data more vigorously. Here are a few concrete suggestions about what to do and maybe not do to help developing countries get this "data revolution" right.

by Margarita Focas-Licht on April 23
The Missing Millions: Education for Children with Disabilities

Globally, 57 million children remain out of school. Millions of these children have a disability. Without including these children, Education for All is not achievable.

by Jean-Marc Bernard and Yann Doignon on June 23
Global Partnership for Education Launches New DataHub

How can you improve an education system if you don't have reliable data telling you how many girls and boys are in school? The new GPE DataHub is a commitment to making education data more accessible by providing a user-friendly interface.

by Anantha Duraiappah on November 10
Why Education is Key for Sustainable Development

As the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development nears its end, leaders are meeting in Nagoya, Japan to discuss what has been achieved, and whether ESD has affected behavioral and policy change for sustainable development.

by Aaron Benavot and Albert Motivans on October 6
Wanted: Trained Teachers to Ensure Every Child's Right to Education

Promises have been made, and broken, about every child's right to primary education by 2015. Yet, just months away from the deadline, the global demand for teachers will soar from 4 million in 2015 to 27 million by 2030.

by Jean-Marc Bernard on August 5
Data Are Not Just to Please Statisticians

The "data revolution" has become a buzz term in the development community these last few months. It may be French cynicism, but when I think about revolution, it reminds me of a quote from "The Leopard", a great book by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa: "If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change."

by Lauren Pisani on July 21
Growing Evidence for Educating Growing Children Earlier

Children need exposure to language early in life – Doctor's orders. Contradicting long-held beliefs that 'early' in child development terms does not mean the beginning of primary school, or just before, physicians, educators, and researchers have all been sounding the alarm: early means from birth.

by Ojonwa Deborah Miachi and Hamzat Lawal on September 2
Nigeria: Tracking the Education Budget with Technology

Corruption remains a huge barrier to young people having equitable access to quality education. This should not be the case as corruption is a crime that can be effectively controlled, most especially with the help of modern technology.


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