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Globed - education policies for global development
Newsletter #1
EDITORIAL
Welcome to the first GLOBED Newsletter!
 
GLOBED is a European project that aims to set up a Masters on Education Policies for Global Development. The project is funded by the European Commission (under the Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme) and is being developed by a consortium of five European Universities.
 
The Globalisation, Education and Social Policies research group of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is the coordinating institution. The other partners in the consortium are the Euro Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research (EMCER) from the University of Malta, the IS Academie Education and Development from the University of Amsterdam, the Department of Educational Research from the University of Oslo and the Faculty of Philosophy from the University of Sarajevo.


During the following two years, our consortium will work to design a EU Masters (that is, a Masters with a joint degree) that aims to become a world reference in the field of education and international development. The new Masters will train specialized researchers, consultants and education experts that aim at developing a professional career in the context of international organizations, ministries of education, international NGOs, aid agencies or the academia. GLOBED will have a wide range of associate partners on board, including key international stakeholders in the education for development field, that, among other things, will offer the opportunity to our students to develop internships in the institutions they represent.
 
This Masters programme is coming up in a crucial moment in which education for development, as a field of research and policy intervention, is being deeply reconfigured. Among the most important and recent changes in this field, we could identify the significant cuts in aid to education budgets of traditional donors as a consequence of the deep financial crisis in the Northern world; the emergence of new international donors - including emerging economies and the private sector – as well as the challenges they introduce in aid harmonization practices; the increasing role of transnational civil society networks in education politics; the growing importance of international standardized tests, skills and learning in global education agendas; and, of course, the fact that most countries in the world are still far to guarantee the right to education to their children at the time that the deadline for most of the MDGs and Education for All (EFA) goals is getting closer. We will definitely take these challenges and emerging trends as key elements in the design of the content of a Masters programme that we hope will represent a relevant and positive contribution to the changing times we face globally.
 
With this quarterly Newsletter we will update you about our Masters project, but especially about important news and events, key publications, upcoming conferences and international seminars that we think are indispensable to understand how global education policy and politics are evolving today.
 
We really hope that you will find this Newsletter a useful and interesting tool to be informed about the continuously transforming global education and development scenario.
 
NEWS
Education First
Education FirstOn September 27, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Education First initiative to put every child in school, improve the quality of learning, and foster global citizenship. This initiative is launched at a moment in which it seems clear that we are not going to achieve the EFA goals by 2015 and has the intention to “re-energize the global community to deliver on the promise of universal education and create opportunities for ordinary citizens to make a difference” (Source: Education First Report). Ban Ki-moon announced that he had secured $1.5 billion in commitments to develop the initiative.

WIDE
The EFA Global Monitoring Report Team at UNESCO has produced a new interactive website called the World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE). The website provides data for over 50 countries, allowing visitors to zoom in on selected countries and indicators, and so to compare disparities such as gender, wealth and location across and within countries. In relation to this new resource, Pauline Rose, director of the EFA GMR report, stated that:
 
“Our hope is that WIDE will make a visual impact highlighting the extent of disadvantage that policymakers can no longer ignore. From governments to activists, you can use WIDE to identify the problems countries are facing in promoting equitable access to education, and act on that information to promote Education for All”


Education at a Glance 2012
Education at a GlanceThe Education at a Glance 2012 report has been released by OECD. Education at a Glance aims to help educators and policy makers see how their education systems perform compared to other countries and reviews their efforts to reform and improve their policies. Among other themes, the report addresses: public and private spending on education; its social and economic benefits for people and countries; adult participation in education; class sizes, teacher salaries and decision-making powers of schools; and analysis of national exam systems and the criteria for attending tertiary education. The report analyses the education systems of the 34 OECD member countries, as well as those of Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. One of the highlights of the 2012 edition is that it reveals stark differences between countries in the opportunities they offer to young people to enter higher education, notably for children coming from poor families or whose parents have had a limited education.

Early school leaving and repetition
The latest edition of the Global Education Digest reveals the urgent need to address the high numbers of children repeating grades and leaving school before completing primary or lower secondary education. New data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show that about 32.2 million primary pupils were held back a grade in 2010, and 31.2 million dropped out of school and may never return.
EFA GMR 2012
The 2012 UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report has been officially launched in October. The 2012 edition is dedicated to “Youth and Skills”. The main message in the report is that “many young people around the world — especially the disadvantaged — are leaving school without the skills they need to thrive in society and find decent jobs”. Accordingly, the report examines how skills development programmes can be improved to boost young people’s opportunities for decent jobs and better lives. The full report can be downloaded in English, French and Spanish.

Education cannot wait
Governments, international organizations and civil society met on September 24, 2012 at the United Nations General Assembly demanding attention to children's education in crisis and conflict countries. They urged immediate action for the 28 million children – nearly half of all children not in primary school – who live in countries scarred by war and conflict, as well as millions more struck by humanitarian emergencies such as flooding, food shortages, earthquakes and other disasters. Following the meeting, they produced a call for action, under the title, Education Cannot Wait, that can be downloaded in English, French or Arabic.

Every Child Needs a Teacher
Every Child Needs a TeacherThe Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and Education International (EI) have launched a new campaign, Every Child Needs a Teacher, to make governments and the international community aware that to give all children a chance to realize their right to education we need to make sure that all of them have access to a trained teacher. These civil society organizations have launched this campaign because are strongly concerned with severe primary teacher gaps in 114 countries, stymieing efforts to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goal of education for all by 2015. The “Every Child Needs a Teacher” report, produced by GCE and EI in English, Spanish and  French. More information about teachers’ shortages from here.

Global EFA meetings
Last November, Government ministers, United Nations organizations, civil society partners and donor groups evaluated progress towards the provision of quality Education for All (EFA), at the first “Global EFA Meeting” celebrated at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters. The participants were tasked with exploring new strategies to address EFA challenges and to seek commitments towards and beyond 2015, the target date set for achieving the six Education For All goals established by over 160 nations in 2000. The concept note of the meeting is available here.
Also in November, UNESCO organized a three-day high-level expert meeting on ‘Beyond 2015 - Rethinking Learning in a Changing World’  in Bangkok, Thailand.  This meeting, organized with support from the Japanese Ministry of Education, discussed about a new vision of education and the development of a post-2015 education agenda. The presentations are accessible here.


PUBLICATIONS
Policy Borrowing and Lending in educationWorld Yearbook of Education 2012: Policy Borrowing and Lending in Education. (2012, Routledge) Editors: Gita Steiner-Khamsi, FlorianWaldow 
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Global Education Policy and International DevelopmentGlobal Education Policy and International Development. New Agendas, Issues and Policies. (2012, Bloomsbury) Editors: Antoni Verger, Hulya K. Altinyelken, Mario Novelli
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CONFERENCES
XV COMPARATIVE EDUCATION WORLD CONGRESS
New Times, New Voices, Comparative Perspectives for Education World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) Buenos Aires, June 24th-28th 2013 
 
 
Under the theme ‘New Times, New Voices. Comparative Perspectives for Education’, the aim of the XV Comparative Education World Congress will be to raise awareness about new forms of academic expression that stem from far-reaching changes at global/regional level and to frame current education systems and education in comparative perspective. Oustanding guest speakers from every continent will present their research papers along with scholars, researchers, lecturers, teachers and actors of the education system. Papers will be submitted both individually and through forty Comparative and International Education Societies.  
Deadline for abstracts submission: January 14th 2013

 
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XII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Education and Development Post 2015. Reflecting, reviewing, re-visioning UK Forum for International Education and Training (UKFIET) Oxford, September 10th-12th 2013 
 
 
As the Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 2015 milestones draw nearer, governments and the wider international community are working to define new development frameworks that address the realities of 2015 and beyond. Education is an important part of this debate.The UKFIET Conference is designed to contribute to this international process. It is timely to reflect on the origins, construction and evolution of ‘global’ education campaigns, movements, and partnerships, and the evidence that they provide in helping to define new or modified global and national agendas. It is important to review what has been accomplished since global education goals and targets were set in Jomtien (1990) and in Dakar (2000), and to learn lessons from their use and application. Most urgently, there is a need to examine the research and the evidence that should inform the construction of education and development frameworks beyond 2015, set within an analysis of changing global imperatives and new paradigms for international cooperation and research. 
Deadline for abstracts submission: March 1st 2013
 
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