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

By Kelli Rogers 21 June 2016

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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About the author

Kelli Rogers@kellierin

In her role as associate editor, Kelli Rogers helps to shape Devex content around leadership, professional growth and careers for professionals in international development, humanitarian aid and global health. As the manager of Doing Good, one of Devex's highest-circulation publications, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest staffing changes, hiring trends and tricks for recruiting skilled local and international staff for aid projects that make a difference. Kelli has studied or worked in Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya.

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