Julia Gillard on new 'information and data journey' for education

Julia Gillard, former Australian prime minister and current chair of the board of directors for Global Partnership for Education, chats with Devex at Women Deliver on what better data means for improving education worldwide.

It might seem strange for everyone to be getting so excited about data, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Global Partnership for Education Julia Gillard told Devex at Women Deliver 2016. But it’s exciting because it supports a new framework for improving education, she added.

The old MDG framework of “build schools and they will come” — and considering that a job well done — is a thing of the past.  

“What we know from the Millennium Development Goal period is children come to school and they simply don’t learn because the quality is so poor,” Gillard said. “And we’re now needing to make sure that we’re expanding access more than just primary school, but lifting quality.”

It’s “new information and data journey” for many development partners, she added.

Watch the video above and find out how Gillard views cross sector collaboration between education and global health sectors.

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