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  • A Video from Flying Kites: Thank you, Givology!

    Our partner, [url=https://www.givology.org/~fkites/]Flying Kites[/url], recently sent us a video: [url=https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzpAMPqeQGYscUYtMnJUeDBKd1E/edit]"Thank you Givology for believing in us."[/url] It is an incredible video, and reiterated to us the impact our efforts have in changing our students' lives. We are grateful to all of you who make our giving possible. [img]/images/user/1842_12111696617076817611.png[/img] A transcript from the video: "Student A: Dear Givology, thank you for sending us money to get books we use like encyclopedias, textbooks, exercise books Student B: Thank you, Givology, for you donation of story books, exercise books, textbooks Student C: Because of your donation we have workbooks for doing addition, to do English and some others like Student B: Encyclopedias Student D: Thank you, Givology, for donation money so that we can have pants, books, and backpacks. Thank you very much, Student B: and Mathematical sets. Studen...
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE)- Priyanka deSouza

    I am currently attending the Salzburg Global Seminar on Early Childhood Education. I have had a fascinating day of listening to academics, policy makers, business people, music therapists(!) talk about the complexities of Early Childhood Education. The reason I am writing about the session as a Givology blog post, is because Givology already supports Early Childhood Education [url=https://www.givology.org/~gmweiss/blog/8507/]initiatives[/url]. There is a growing body of literature that provides conclusive evidence that early childhood education is a determining factor for future success. Therefore more and more attention is being given to this issue, and it is very likely that Givology will partner with more organizations working in this sphere. Keeping this in mind I shall provide a quick review of the field. There are currently 635 million children in the world between the ages of 0 and 5. 317 million of them require better access to education.Only one third of all the countries i...
  • 2015 Indian Budget allocations to the Education Sector- Priyanka deSouza

    Arun Jaitley, India's Finance Minister recently announced the Union's 2015/6 budget on Feb 28th. Jaitley slashed allocation of funds to the primary school sector by 10%. External consultants have reported that the Central Government may be thinking of transferring the responsibility of providing quality elementary education to States. The mid-day meal scheme (which provides free lunches on working days for children in Primary and Upper Primary Classes in Government, and Government Aided schools) in particular, suffered a drastic fund cut from Rs 1296.5 crore last year, to a mere Rs 132 crore this year. States will be asked to spend a greater portion of their budget to support this scheme. [url=http://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/britishcouncil.uk2/files/understanding_india_report.pdf]Research[/url] indicates that this could be a 'messy and unpredictable' move as different states have different capabilities. This will result in huge differences in education systems be...
  • On Guatemala

    Hi Givologists! Rachel here. Today we’re looking at Guatemala. A question to think about: how can we maintain the quality of education across different regions within a country? Please feel free to leave any comments, insights, questions below! Ten Facts about Education in Guatemala (1) Primary school attendance (6 years, usually ages 7-13) is [b]free and compulsory[/b]. However, in more rural indigenous areas, there are few primary schools available to children. (2) At the secondary education level, students have a greater range in what they can study; though most study teaching or bookkeeping, some schools also offer agronomy, auto-mechanics, computers, secretarial services, and tourism. (3) [b]One half [/b]of the 14 million people of Guatemala are Mayan. (4) Less than 30 percent of indigenous girls attend [b]secondary[/b] school. (5) However, Guatemala has undergone an increase in [b]primary[/b] school enrollment rates (to almost 100 percent) in the past four years in Guatemala, ...
  • The Economics of Education

    - Written by Priyanka deSouza [img]/images/user/1842_5775248825513991243.jpg[/img] [font=Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif]In his book, ‘The Economics of Education’, Daniele Checchi provides enrollment ratios in primary school education systems across the world. This indicator shows that post World War 2, an increase in school attendance is observed across the globe. By the start of the 1990s, many countries had succeeded in achieving 100% primary school enrollment rate. However, while OECD countries saw an almost complete saturation for secondary education as well, all the others were lagging behind. [/font] [font=Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif]Why is this so, given the clear benefits of education? [/font] [font=Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif]Evidence presented by Dr. Checchi indicates that labour market participation increases dramatically as people obtain more and more education. Interesting...