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Symposium 2009

Overcoming Inequality through Education

The Challenge

According to the International Labor Organization, income inequality has increased in about two thirds of countries world since the 1990s. The financial crisis and the accompanying global recession are expected to widen the gap further between the rich and the poor.

Different qualifications and skills are widely accepted as one of the major factors behind different income levels of individuals. Education is usually taken as the main way in which individuals can learn more skills and increase their potential earnings and employability.

Despite other potential influential factors behind increasing income inequality worldwide, improving education quality is expected to make a substantial contribution to mitigating both interpersonal and even international income inequality.

  • What are effective (and efficient) means for improving education quality?
  • Can education quality be effectively improved solely by providing more
    financial support for education affairs in general?
  • What is an appropriate division of work between government and the private sector in education?
  • How could incentives of students and teachers be improved?
  • Are successful education policies in a country idiosyncratic or can they be blueprints for education policies to be applied elsewhere?

    Solutions

    Solution
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    Target policies at the type of inequality to be tackled to overcome inequality of opportunity, remove obstacles to education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds; to overcome inequality of outcome, increase ...

    Target policies at the type of inequality to be tackled to overcome inequality of opportunity, remove obstacles to education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds; to overcome inequality of outc ...

    Target policies at the type of inequality to be tackled to overcome inequality of opportunity, remove obstacles to education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds; to overcome inequality of outcome, increase incentives to teach and incentives to learn effectively.

    Polity
    Solution
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    Use publicly funded grant schemes to provide cheap access to education for the poor, particularly for girls. If financial impediments hinder children from going to school, provide financial aid to ...

    Use publicly funded grant schemes to provide cheap access to education for the poor, particularly for girls. If financial impediments hinder children from going to school, provide financial aid to par ...

    Use publicly funded grant schemes to provide cheap access to education for the poor, particularly for girls. If financial impediments hinder children from going to school, provide financial aid to parents conditional on children’s school attendance. Policies must reflect the fact that girls’ and boys’obstacles to education differ.

    Polity
    Solution
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    Promote adult education through adult universities and in the workplace.

    Promote adult education through adult universities and in the workplace.

    Promote adult education through adult universities and in the workplace.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Refocus teaching content on encouraging students to learn actively, for example, by running experiments themselves instead of learning only predetermined textbook material, and teach students to be more self-confident and ...

    Refocus teaching content on encouraging students to learn actively, for example, by running experiments themselves instead of learning only predetermined textbook material, and teach students to be mo ...

    Refocus teaching content on encouraging students to learn actively, for example, by running experiments themselves instead of learning only predetermined textbook material, and teach students to be more self-confident and self-critical.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Bring together efforts from governments, schools, the private sector and civil society to initiate education initiatives and learn from promising education initiatives worldwide.

    Bring together efforts from governments, schools, the private sector and civil society to initiate education initiatives and learn from promising education initiatives worldwide.

    Bring together efforts from governments, schools, the private sector and civil society to initiate education initiatives and learn from promising education initiatives worldwide.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Proposals

    Proposal
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    Bridging the gap between Education and Employment, a global challenged addressed by DP DHL and SOS Children’s Villages

    Employability experts like employees of DP DHL share their experience and expertise with disadvantaged young people as a way to contribute to their journey of attaining a sustainable and independent l ...

    Employability experts like employees of DP DHL share their experience and expertise with disadvantaged young people as a way to contribute to their journey of attaining a sustainable and independent life. In preparing young people for employment in the fast moving world that revolves around efficiency and customer care, SOS Children’s Villages recognized that conventional training programs required something more. Needed was something that resonates with the current requirements of employers and something that unleashes the hidden talent in every young mind. On the other hand,  DP DHL values that attitude is more important than aptitude. Without attitude, there is

    Business
    Proposal
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    Overcoming Inequality-Girls Education

    A key and essential component of the challenge of education is the access to all levels of education for girls.  The World Economic Forum Gender Gap report reflects on the gaps between girls educatio ...

    A key and essential component of the challenge of education is the access to all levels of education for girls.  The World Economic Forum Gender Gap report reflects on the gaps between girls education and boys education for over 110 countries.  In many countries, the gap is greater than 50% starting from primary education levels. The World Bank has clearly found that girls education has a direct positive correlation with health of a family and reduction of family size.  It also continues generational to the next generation of girls. Overcoming inequality in this area is not just a matter of

    Polity, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Overcoming Inequality through Education

    The global economic downturn has caused serious pain to individuals across the world and threatens to widen significantly further the gap between haves and have-nots, in developed and developing socie ...

    The global economic downturn has caused serious pain to individuals across the world and threatens to widen significantly further the gap between haves and have-nots, in developed and developing societies alike. The crisis, however, has also forced governments, organizations and individuals to step back and fundamentally re-examine their practices and values. This year served as a reminder that collectively we need to balance financial profit with long-term sustainability, individual gain with social justice, and progress with prudence. Education – primary, secondary and tertiary – is perhaps the most critical means of improving the welfare of disadvantaged populations, particularly as more

    Polity, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Overcoming Inequality through Education

    1. Dismiss the belief in the one-to-one relationship between equal education resources and equal education outcomes Before designing an effective policy package, it is important to recognise that equa ...

    1. Dismiss the belief in the one-to-one relationship between equal education resources and equal education outcomes Before designing an effective policy package, it is important to recognise that equal education resources such as equal expenditure on students and equal facilities are empirically found not to result in equal outcomes. Empirical evidence suggests that extra resources are required for supporting disadvantaged students to realise more equal employability opportunity of these students in the future. 2. Centralise performance standard determination, provide external performance tests for students but delegate autonomy to local governments and schools to make more appropriate educational decisions Because of the multidimensionality

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    The Barefoot College

    The Barefoot College was established over 38 years ago in the deserts of Rajasthan in India The sole objective was to improve the quality of life of the very poor, the impoverished, the economically ...

    The Barefoot College was established over 38 years ago in the deserts of Rajasthan in India The sole objective was to improve the quality of life of the very poor, the impoverished, the economically and socially marginalised and the physically challenged living on less than $ 1/day and empower them with the skills and the knowledge to stand on their own two feet. It’s the only College in India built by the poor and only for the poor. Mahatma Gandhi’s thoughts live in the lifestyle and work style of the College. Living conditions are simple so that the

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Overcoming Inequality through Education. The Present Situation and Urgent Remedies

      Overcoming Inequality through Education The Present Situation and Urgent Remedies Education plays an enormous role in the formation of creative personalities and of adapted members of human socie ...

      Overcoming Inequality through Education The Present Situation and Urgent Remedies Education plays an enormous role in the formation of creative personalities and of adapted members of human society. By education and learning we have brought our genetic inheritance to blossom. Human history and human culture are the products of millennia of learning and teaching. We can not overestimate the importance of education for the past and the future of mankind. Education is by far the most important measure (1) to warrant self-fulfillment of individuals and, at the same time, (2) to warrant a well functional

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Overcoming Inequality through Education

    1. The demographic window The level of schooling attained by the economically active population (EAP) of a country has strong connections to its productive and innovative capacity. Many emerging count ...

    1. The demographic window The level of schooling attained by the economically active population (EAP) of a country has strong connections to its productive and innovative capacity. Many emerging countries are going through major shifts in the structure of their age pyramids. In Brazil, projections for the next decades point toward a far greater participation of the EAP in the total population, as the birth rate declines and today’s children and adolescents join the workforce. This represents a demographic window, or an opportunity to ensure that better income distribution will be achieved, provided there is enough investment in education and,

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Implemen- tations

    Implementation
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    GoTeach Partnership between Deutsche Post DHL and SOS Children’s Villages

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society