On Wednesday, April 19 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, The Irene D. Pritzker/IDP Foundation Distinguished Lecture on Social and Economic Development, co-hosted by Foreign Policy Association in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber, featured the Right Honorable Gordon Brown, former United Kingdom Prime Minister and UN Special Envoy for Global Education.
Last year, the United Nations convened to agree on the most important global development initiative to focus on until 2030, launching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 goals are accompanied by hundreds of targets and indicators; as such, with many organizations implementing the SDGs into their work, it is crucial that data collection process be thorough and accurate to track and measure impact, specifically around girls and women.
The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (The Education Commission) recently launched its report on education financing at the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly. In its report, “The Learning Generation: Investing in Education for a Changing World,” The Education Commission’s vision is strikingly bold, outlining fundamentals that are razor sharp, focusing on four transformations: performance, innovation, sources of financing and inclusion.
Within the past decade, there has been a surge in low-fee private schools in some of the poorest countries across the globe. In 2010, there were an estimated one million private schools in the developing world; however, the fastest-growing group of these are small low-fee private schools, run by entrepreneurs in poor areas that cater to those living on less than $2 (USD) a day.
During a recent visit to Ashesi, the IDP Foundation had the opportunity to meet one student who is using creative and critical thinking skills to improve basic education in Ghana. In addition to co-founding the TrimTab Network, Prince Kennedy Kwarase (Business Administration, ’17) interned for the IDP Foundation’s keystone initiative, the IDP Rising Schools Program, which aims to improve educational infrastructure in existing low-fee private schools serving the poor in Ghana.