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Girls from poor localities show school work to their teacher, at a makeshift school in Pakistan Girls from poor localities wait their turn to show school work to teacher, at a makeshift school in a city park in Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov. 13, 2018 (AP photo by B.K. Bangash).

To Tackle a Range of Global Crises, Start With Education Reform

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Transforming Education Summit is fast approaching. Many in the education community and at the United Nations, as well as impassioned young activists around the world, have begun to mobilize for the event, which is scheduled to coincide with the U.N. General Assembly in September. And according to the world body’s deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed, the summit aims at nothing less than “averting a generational disaster” by “rethinking education systems.”

However, little attention is being paid to this summit outside of those circles. In many ways, this isn’t surprising: Conferences and summits are an almost daily fixture on the international calendar, and everyone cannot pay attention to every event. That said, there are a number of reasons as to why the Transforming Education Summit should matter to a much broader audience. ...

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