New United Nations Development Goal: Learning for All
"But reaching the classroom is only the first step. Every child should have the opportunity not only to go to school but to acquire the knowledge and skills she needs to lead a healthy, productive life, care for herself and her family, and become an empowered citizen. At the national level, countries need workforces with the skills and competencies required to keep farms and factories producing, create jobs, fuel innovation and competitiveness, and drive economic growth that benefits everyone."To this end, the Brookings Institute and UNESCO have joined forces to lay out a blueprint that defines quality in universal education. The first report from this joint effort assembled by The Learning Metrics Task Force was published last February:
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The following table provides the expectations for math and science across each level (early childhood, 0-8 years old; primary, 5-15 years old; post-primary, 10-19 years old):
The discussion is still ongoing and there are disagreements among those who are participating. How these standards are applied specifically as in age or grade level is still work in progress. Some of the subdomains have been questioned in realistic terms. For example, how can technology awareness be taught in schools that are still without electricity. Nonetheless, the work is a step in the right direction, recognizing that a child needs not only a school, but a worthwhile school. Something is not always better than nothing. That something must be worthwhile.