More than 40 per cent of children in Africa do not complete their primary education (photo:dpa)

Rethink needed as global education policy fails to meet its goals

For nearly 25 years, the international community has focussed on a global education strategy to ensure basic education is available to all by 2015. But it is clear that none of its goals will be achieved globally. However, new ones are already being set. Some experts argue that this global approach is wrong and that local involvement is essential to future success. Education policy, they say, should be designed and implemented within communities at a scale which can be managed, financed – and sustained.

A RAFT of goals and targets to get children into school in sub-Sarharan Africa and other developing countries has failed. And as more targets are being set, some experts are questioni...

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Dr. Pauline Dixon
The initiative to achieve basic education in 46 low-income countries from 2008 to 2015 has cost $US286 billion. Yet there are still 57 million children out of school
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