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Symposium 2009

Solution for 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 ...

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.

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.

Active learning based on students’ active participation and initiatives matters more for unfolding students’ potentials than passive learning. Students should be taught to be able to think independently. Students should be given more opportunities to run scientific experiments on their own instead of just being asked to learn strictly predetermined materials from textbooks.

Such a learning process is more active. In this way students start from learning how to design the experiments, learning how to work with partners to keep the experiments running and, at the end, learning from the mistakes they made and the successes they achieved.

Students need to learn to be self-confident and self-critical when facing different challenges. Establishing partnerships between schools from extremely different regions or countries and developing exchange learning programs for students from partner schools can help students to experience different cultures in different environments and learn how to solve different problems. Such experiences will help them to think and behave more independently.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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