Top Education for All blog posts of 2015

Re-discover 20 of the year’s most popular blog posts

Every year we like to reflect back on which Education for All Blog posts were the most popular among our readers. This year, the themes and authors on the blog represented the diverse and global nature of the Global Partnership and its priorities for 2015 and beyond.

Once again we would like to thank all blog contributors who have helped make this a go-to destination for education experts and a space to communicate the joint mission of the partnership in achieving a quality education for all children.

This year we published a total 231 blog posts (as of today) in English and French on a wide range of topics including the Education 2030 agenda, the link between education and the sustainable development goals, girls' education, education in fragile and conflict-affected countries, youth advocacy, teacher development, successful strategies for improving education in developing countries, and the building blocks for education sector plans.

Several authors made the top 20 list numerous times so we have included their top post and links to their other popular posts.

We hope you enjoy re-reading the top posts below. If you haven't already, subscribe to receive email updates and connect with us via Facebook and Twitter.

July 12, 2015 by GPE Secretariat

The 17 Global Goals for sustainable development adopted in September 2015 outline a new and ambitious worldwide effort to reduce poverty and hunger, improve health, enable equality, protect the planet and much more. Education is essential to the success of each and every one of the global goals.

More popular posts by the GPE Secretariat:

June 16, 2015 by Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard joined First Lady Michelle Obama and over 300 enthusiastic school children at the Mulberry School in London to talk about why it is important for girls to get a quality education.

February 20, 2015 by Aglaia Zafeirakou

Teaching early literacy and numeracy, and critical thinking in a language that a child speaks and understands is one of the most effective ways to reduce school failure and dropout in the early grades. And more importantly, these foundational skills significantly increase learning later on.

August 12, 2015 by Lauren Greubel

From Pakistan to Nigeria and Nepal, this blog celebrates youth advocates who are working tirelessly to improve education in their communities and around the world.

July 22, 2015 by Mary Burns

Teachers in fragile and crisis contexts face enormous barriers to quality professional development. Mary Burns examines how these barriers, ranging from difficult working conditions to systemic challenges, can be addressed.

Another popular post by Mary Burns:

November 05, 2015 by Alice Albright

Global Partnership for Education CEO Alice Albright outlines how GPE will play a key role in supporting the implementation of the new global education agenda.

Another popular post by Alice Albright:

February 03, 2015 by Karen Mundy

Global Partnership for Education Chief Technical Officer Karen Mundy contributes to the discussion about financing education launched by economist Jeffrey Sachs and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

October 28, 2015 by Yusuf Sayed and Mario Novelli

A new literature review from the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding finds that while teachers can be victims or perpetrators during a conflict, it is important to see them as part of the solution when rebuilding an education system.

March 03, 2015 by Alex Palacios

Kenya, with its domestic financing commitment to education consistently above 20%, has a strong focus on improving learning outcomes and a vibrant civil society pushing for better results in the sector.

May 20, 2015 by Silvia Montoya

Measuring progress on the new education Global Goal will not be easy. Silvia Montoya, director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, outlines the value in establishing an empirically validated universal learning scale, which would result in high-quality and comparable data.

Another popular post by Silvia Montoya:

January 08, 2015 by Pauline Rose

The results of the latest Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) survey in Pakistan show that poor quality of schooling is leaving one in four grade 5 students unable to read a sentence, and one in two unable to read a story in Urdu, Sindhi or Pashtu. This learning crisis is likely to last well beyond the 2030 deadline set by the SDGs.

New guidelines developed by the Global Partnership for Education and the International Institute for Education Planning set out key steps for preparing and appraising education sector plans.

May 13, 2015 by Kate Jere

A new report by the EFA Global Monitoring Report looks closely at this largely unreported issue which affects millions of boys and girls every year and has a significant impact on learning.

January 15, 2015 by Mariko Shiohata

Pedagogy, or the student-teacher interaction, matters a great deal for children's learning. After a visit to Nepal, Mariko Shiohata of Save the Children reflects on how best to support teachers to improve learning quality.

June 25, 2015 by Aya Kibesaki

Almost two months after schools reopened following the earthquake in Nepal, Aya Kibesaki, GPE Secretariat country lead, visited Kathmandu to understand the challenges the education system is facing due to the disaster. During the trip, she observed that the government is determined to “build back better”.

June 08, 2015 by Fazle Rabbani and Yodit Tesfaghebriel

A pilot program in Eritrea enrolls children with a wide range of special needs, irrespective of age or impairment. The lessons from this model classroom will be used to expand the program to other schools, through Global Partnership funding.

January 21, 2015 by Jean-Marc Bernard

A new report by the Global Partnership for Education highlights education progress and challenges in 59 partner developing countries.

May 21, 2015 by David Archer

After the historic Incheon Declaration, David Archer, one of GPE's Board members, outlines the significance of the new agenda and financing challenges.

July 20, 2015 by David Edwards

2,000 democratically elected teacher leaders converged in Ottawa to debate and set priorities for Education International, the largest federation of teachers' unions in the world.

February 23, 2015 by Joseph Nhan-O'Reilly

Using the latest evidence of what works best when trying to help children learn to read and write, Save the Children is implementing a program designed to ensure that Rwandan children have the skills, support and materials required to read.


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