We won’t make work pay without investment in single parents’ education

Gingerbread, the UK-based single parent charity, has today launched a new report calling for more government investment in further education for single parents. Gingerbread’s campaign officer, Matt Hawkins, explains here how this would not only turn the tide on child poverty, but also benefit the UK economy. A quarter of British families are headed by single parents and yet the …

What’s different about the global partnership for education?

Next week’s Global Partnership for Education (GPE) conference is a key moment for the post-2015 education agenda. Aid and inequality policy adviser, Nicola McIvor, reflects on the GPE and hopes that donors will show their commitment to education for all. In 2000, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established, over 102 million children of primary school age were out of …

A child’s guide to solving inequality

Children whose parents can’t afford to pay school fees spend their days sorting through piles of rubbish in Mukuru, Nairobi. In the third of three blog posts about Mukuru Mora McLagan introduces the inspiring young people she met in school and out, and explains their hopes for a better future. Last month I was in Mukuru slum in Nairobi , …

Jaombi: a school on the edge of the world

Mora McLagan reports from Mukuru, Nairobi in the second of three blog posts on urban inequality. Improved toilets and hand washing facilities make for healthier pupils in Jaombi school, but the children’s education and the sanitation facilities are at risk as the school is threatened with eviction.  Mukuru has around 600,000 residents, yet there are only two government schools. The …

Vote no to women graduates! Getting education right for women

Education is a fundamental human right, but what’s needed to ensure a quality empowering education for all?  Gender & Development editor Caroline Sweetman introduces the Education issue. If you want to keep a whole segment of society oppressed, best make sure you prevent them getting an education. Less than 150 years ago, the British psychiatrist Henry Maudesley stated: “Vote no to women …

Changes we want to see in 2014

At the dawn of 2014 time is running out for the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). How is the world doing? In the spirit of new  year optimism we asked nine Oxfam experts what their hopes and dreams are for the year ahead in relation to each of the MDGs, and what should come next?  We begin with the first goal and …