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Addressing Global Education Gap
A new report by Brookings Institution scholars Rebecca Winthrop and Eileen McGivney issue a call to close the continuing global education gap that exists between developed and developing nations – now.

The authors contend that absent a “fundamental rethinking of current approaches to education, it’s going to take another 100 years for children in developing countries to reach the education levels achieved in developed countries.”

Although 90 percent of the world’s children are currently enrolled in primary education, the developing world is about 100 years behind developed countries and they also have average levels of education in the 21st century that were achieved in many western countries by the early decades of the 20th century.

The report acknowledges the difficulty in directly comparing standards between nations because of a lack of quality data. But, they say, that should not cause the global community to hold off addressing the inequality in education outcomes.

“Ultimately, if we start with the premise that as a human species our fates are interconnected around the world, we will need to find a way to close (or leapfrog over) this 100-year gap. Surely, a world where education can help all children develop the capabilities to positively chart their own lives and to contribute to their families and communities is a shared global interest,” they conclude.

India Leads World Bank’s Growth Outlook For The First Time
World Bank Group’s latest Global Economic Prospects (GEP) report released on June 10 estimates that India would be the fastest-growing major economy for the first time this year, growing at a rate of 7.5 percent, up from the previous forecast of 6.4 percent.

“There is a structural slowdown under way,” said Ayhan Kose, the report’s lead author told The Wall Street Journal. “Increasingly, they have difficult growth prospects going forward.”

According to the report China is likely to grow at 7.1 percent. The Bank expects developing countries to witness a rise in growth to 5.2 percent in 2016 and 5.4 percent in 2017. The report indicated that falling crude oil prices has lowered the risks for the Indian economy, as the country meets its oil needs significantly from imports.

Behind Boko Haram’s Brutal Attack
Months after Boko Haram killed hundreds of civilians in the Nigerian town of Baga, a Human Rights Watch investigation reveals provides chilling details of one of their most brutal attacks, according an article in Foreign Policy authored by Samer Muscati of Human Rights Watch.

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