Education First: A panacea to learning crisis?

    On Sept. 26, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched Education First, a five-year initiative designed to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goal on education and “lay the groundwork for a bold vision for education post-2015.”

    Aid advocates applaud the initiative, but will it finally address impediments to quality education? Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide, discusses with Devex what the education community has been doing wrong and what it should do moving forward.

    Lars Schwetje contributed reporting from New York.

    Check out the rest of our interview with Ritu Sharma, as well as our conversations with other global development luminaries who attended this year’s Clinton Global Initiative.

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    • Rolf Rosenkranz

      Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.

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