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Investing in the Early Years and Early Reading  Since it is a person’s education that determines whether she will be extremely or only moderately exposed to the economic and social risks in times of crisis, and since education is a cumulative process (that is, you need early education foundations before you receive primary schooling, primary before secondary, and so on), then one needs to start investing early in education. In fact, investing early is the best investment

School Grants Give Mongolian Children New Interests and Skills  Nearly 30% of Mongolia’s population are under the age of 14, and 12% are under the age of five. With so many young children, the country has successfully increased access to basic education, but Mongolia is now placing a sharper focus on improving the quality of primary and secondary education. In light of the rapid changes and emerging issues the country is facing – managing its mineral wealth, handling urban migration and wrestling with economic imbalances – focusing on the development of future generations has gained even greater importance…

Tongans urged to “Read with your child”  A national awareness campaign, ‘Read with your Child’ under a Pacific Early Age Readiness and Learning program (PEARL) was launched on 31 January, by Crown Princess Sinaitakala Tuku’aho, who encouraged families and parents to read to their children for 10 minutes daily because reading strengthens minds and opens up opportunities…

How does education in China compare with other countries? Innovation is a critical component of national power.  It propels countries to develop new products or methods of production that drive economic progress and enable states to tackle transnational challenges, such as climate change and global health crises. The ability of a country to cultivate its capacity for innovation rests with its domestic education system. A well-educated workforce is instrumental to technological and scientific discovery, which can propel states to the apex of the increasingly innovation-based global economy.  This need is particularly salient for China as its leaders seek to push the Chinese economy up the global value chain…

Will higher education in the 21st century belong to China? Times Higher Education recently announced in its BRICS and Emerging Economics University Rankings 2017 that India has increased its share of top universities, but China still has the highest density of leading universities in the developing world…

Education for Growth and Prosperity A Keynote Speech by President Jim Yong Kim…

Education, Income, and Wealth  “By some estimates, income and wealth are near their highest levels in the past hundred years, much higher than the average during that time span and probably higher than for much of American history before then” (Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chair)…

Dubai Cares marks 10 years of helping children in developing countries  The story of Dubai Cares’ success is perhaps best told in numbers. In a matter of 10 years, the philanthropic organisation started by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has helped more than 16 million people, mostly children, in 45 developing countries…

Preparing students for the school of life Thailand’s education system has made some progress, but there’s still much to do to fix disparities  Some believe education comes with an end date: a child enters into formal schooling, stays for the mandated number of years and then moves on to either higher education or out into the working world…

Ministry Urges Private Higher Education Institutions to Merge  Out of 4455 higher education institutions in Indonesia, more than 3200 are private and many of them are not run effectively, which is why the Ministry of Research, Technology and Education is urging them to merge…

World Bank: Skills and competition — the hurdles Malaysia faces in path to high-income nation…Skills and competitive level are two key areas that Malaysia needs to address to become a high-income nation…

Bringing the joy of reading in rural Laos  “‘Lao people don’t read,’ that’s what people said,” said Khamla Panyasouk, commenting on the reaction of his countrymen back in 2006 when he started a publishing venture aimed at taking children’s books to rural villages…

The relationship between teacher qualification and the quality of the early childhood care and learning environment   The notion that a strong early childhood education and care (ECEC) knowledge base, which involves a set of professional competencies, abilities and specific teaching skills, can lead to high-quality ECEC and positive child developmental outcomes is yet to be fully determined. This is due, in some instances, to lack of good data, the quality of the method employed to measure the relationship between teacher qualification and the quality of the early childhood learning environment, and the methods used to aggregate the findings of individual empirical studies. The lack of consensus regarding the direction (positive in this case) and strength of the relationship between teacher qualification and the quality of the early childhood learning environment has made it difficult for policy makers and educational practitioners to form strategies that will ultimately enhance the early learning outcomes of children…

¿Puede un robot sustituirte en el trabajo?  Expertos afirman que la automatización es la gran amenaza del mercado laboral en el future…

Let’s kill the drill approach in schools  Singapore’s primary school pupils are busier than a McKinsey consultant. The kids disappear before 7am to toil in school till 2pm…

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