Deadline- 5 July 2012
More children completing primary education has increased demand by students and families for secondary education worldwide, but participation rates are much lower at secondary levels, especially in developing countries and particularly for girls and disadvantaged groups.
There is clear evidence that a high-quality, relevant secondary school education is measurably associated with positive effects on young people’s health, improved child mortality rates, reduced population growth, and greater economic growth. But primary education success yields little insight about a) the barriers to accessing secondary education, b) which intervention strategies are best for keeping girls and boys in secondary school and improving learning outcomes, and c) cost-effectively delivering relevant secondary education at scale, suggesting an urgent need for new research and development in this field.
Family Foundation, and Wellspring Advisors, is to encourage a new wave of innovation and learning that can help inform the imminent expansion and transformation of secondary education in a new phase of Education For All. Funded initiatives and the insights they generate will address the key goals of the Global Compact on Learning, an agenda developed by stakeholders in the field of education and published in 2011 by the Brookings Institution’s Center for Universal Education that lays out challenges, priorities, and key strategies in education for the developing world.
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