Towards Leaving None Behind: internationalising the impact of People’s Action for Learning Network data

Dr Caroline Dyer

School of Politics and International Studies, Faculty of Social Science

Agenda 2030, the framework of Sustainable Development Goals, catalysed a global commitment to Leave No One Behind (LNOB) by tackling the intersecting inequalities that create socio-economic and political exclusions. Integrating the LNOB agenda into education policy and practices is critical to achieving the fourth SDG, which promises lifelong learning and quality education for all. Over the last decade, the People’s Action for Learning (PAL) Network’s citizen-led assessments of children’s learning achievements have provided large scale evidence of inequalities in access to school, and of the ‘learning crisis’ – where large numbers of children who are enrolled in school do not acquire foundational literacy and numeracy skills.

The PAL Network comprises 14 countries, in which some 40% of the world’s 61 million out of school primary-aged children live, and where the ‘learning crisis’ is widespread. This project draws on existing data from household surveys conducted by Network members to explore their evidence about educational inequalities in the light of Agenda 2030, and to enable a new, cross-country perspective on emerging trends. It aims to increase the impact of citizen-generated, household level data at country level, via evidence to inform proactive, LNOB-focused national education policy strategies; and internationally, via cross-country analysis that speaks to global advocacy platforms.

The project generated two Evidence Briefs:

Left Behind in School – Evidence Brief 1

Out of School Children – Evidence Brief 2

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