Why we need to aim for more than universal education

Why we need to aim for more than universal education

This article was originally posted on the World Economic Forum blog, Agenda. It was published in collaboration with Project Syndicate.  As the World Education Forum meets in Incheon, South Korea, it is time to confront some unsettling facts about the state of education in the world today. More than 91 per cent of children of primary
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Can health programmes be designed to deliver care to last mile communities and also operate as sustainable enterprises?

Can health programmes be designed to deliver care to last mile communities and also operate as sustainable enterprises?

Originally posted on the Business Fights Poverty blog. Traditional hospital-based services are not able to reach some of the world’s poorest and most remote villages. Over one billion people globally, including 400 million Africans, lack access to health services because they live too far from a health facility. Rural communities know that if a child
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How BRAC plans to knock out extreme poverty

How BRAC plans to knock out extreme poverty

According to the World Bank, people living on or under USD 1.25 per day are considered ‘ultra poor’. Global trends indicate that we are gradually and surely winning the fight against poverty. Still, a staggering 1.2 billion people are living in extreme poverty- that is almost four times the number of people living in USA.
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Talking about girls rights over lunch with the Queen

Talking about girls rights over lunch with the Queen

17-year-old Tania Akhter was preparing for her final year college exams when life had a pleasant surprise to offer. A member of BRAC’s adolescent club, she was quickly acknowledged for her leadership skills. Tania joined the club when she was in class 6, and since then coordinators have kept an eye on her development. Tania also
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Let pregnant school girls back into the classroom in Sierra Leone

Let pregnant school girls back into the classroom in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone should reconsider its law barring pregnant girls from completing their education, but while the law is in place, alternatives are available The government of Sierra Leone issued a ruling last month barring “visibly pregnant” girls from attending class or even sitting for school equivalency exams, a decision that drew criticism from girls’ rights groups. While
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This is what happens when you give a kid a surfboard

This is what happens when you give a kid a surfboard

Golap Shah is a 14-year-old student of class 8 at Kolatoli High School in Cox’s Bazar. She is somewhat hesitant when talking about her life – impeded in no small part by her having to abandon her dialect in order to communicate. But once the conversation turns towards the one passion of her life, her
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Listening for the voices of change: Here’s some advice for Bangladesh’s youth

Listening for the voices of change: Here’s some advice for Bangladesh’s youth

In Bangladesh, far too many students do not get the chance to go to college. In a country where 30 per cent of the population are young (10-24 years), it remains evident that much of the potential remain untapped, and too many young voices go unheard.  Medhabikash, a scholarship programme that funds meritorious and underprivileged
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Give the youth some credit – 3 takeaways from BRAC’s experience with youth microfinance

Give the youth some credit – 3 takeaways from BRAC’s experience with youth microfinance

Originally posted on the Business Fights Poverty blog Violet is 21 years old, married and a mother of two. She is also the owner of a steelworks business where her husband is one of her employees. When she speaks of expanding her business, her voice is full of confidence and hope, undeterred when others make
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A place to promote young talent

A place to promote young talent

Imagine you have just received the result of your secondary school certificate exam (equivalent to GCSE O’Levels). Congratulations! You have been awarded the highest grades: GPA 5, securing more than 80 per cent in all the subjects. You and your whole family celebrate while you start planning to go to a top college. Future is
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Changing the label for good

Changing the label for good

In the minds of global consumers, reading labels on products originating from the global South trigger images of sweatshops, child labour, and the unscrupulous owners poorly paying their workers. In the past decade, the global backlash has forced major brands to reconsider the ethical practices of their sourcing. The fair trade movement has long advocated
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