A fascination with the Western world means teaching English as a foreign language is often modeled on Western paradigms. Yet David Picart and Eleanor Paton describe a better way of teaching English in the development context.
"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." Brendan Rigby argues that with the many volunteers teaching English without any qualifications, this weapon is being brandished by those who don't know how to use it.
People often use the argument that supporting people with disabilities has a low return on investment. Meghan Hussey argues the cost of ignoring over one billion people in the world is even greater.
Heralded as a “revolution” in higher education, massively open online courses mean anyone with an Internet connection can log on to platforms such as Coursera or EdX and take prestigious classes for free. Meghan Hussey gives her picks of online courses relevant for development professionals.
To much fanfare, the roadmap to end extreme poverty by 2030 was released Thursday. The high-level panel set forth the global community's vision for achieving a new set of development goals. Brendan Rigby read the report, and highlights some key aspects of it with particular attention paid to the education goal.