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Last Updated :Jan 2008


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  • EFA Global Monitoring Report 2008 has now been released
  • (2008)
  • The latest EFA Report looks at the world's mid-term progress towards achieving Education for All by 2015
  • EFA Global Monitoring Report 2007 (UNESCO)
  • (2007)
  • An excellently well-referenced source of information on global education problems and some of the solutions being employed to solve it. Annex contains over 200 pages of statistical data
  • EFA Global Monitoring Report 2005 (UNESCO)
  • (2005)
  • An excellently well-referenced source of information on global education problems and some of the solutions being employed to solve it. Annex contains over 200 pages of statistical data
  • EFA Global Monitoring Report 2007 (UNESCO)
  • (2005)
  • The yearly update on global progress towards EFA takes explores the urgent need for quality education. In a battle of quantity vs. quality, the former is winning and for anyone interested in the evolution of EFA over the next decade, this is a must read.
  • State of the World’s Children 2007 (UNICEF)
  • UNICEF’s annual report looks at the empowerment of women across the globe as the world strives to achieve the Millennium Goals. Empowering women is pivotal not only to society’s development but to the advancement of all mankind.
  • Human Development Reports (UNDP)
  • UNDP reports are crucial to looking at the big issues in the development and survival of our planet. Alongside education, Human Development Reports give a wider appreciation of the challenges facing the world and her nations.
  • World Development Reports (World Bank)
  • Where to the world’s challenges lie in the years ahead? The World Bank presents its own valuable insights into the issues facing developing countries down the road, through in-depth analysis and an extremely useful set of indices to refer to.
  • Children Out of School: Measuring Exclusion from Primary Education - 2006 (UNESCO)
  • In the push to better understand and monitor the world we live in, this report provides an authoritive look at out of school children around the world and the affect of quality education on their retention.
  • Commissioned Reports (UNESCO)
  • Online Link here
  • Background research for each Education for All report produces numerous papers relating to all aspects of education in each country. Many can be downloaded by year, report, theme, author and region - Highly recommended.
  • UNESCO Information Service (UIS) Country Statistic Reports
  • Online Link here
  • The statistics data tables for UNESCO Information Service regularly publishes up to the minute reports on recent trends in the global driver for Education for All (EFA).
  • EFA Global Monitoring Data Service - Recommended
  • An intuitive service rolled out in 2006 to track global EFA progress by educational theme, table and country. Data available for select years from 1990 to 2005.
  • UNDP: Human Development Indicators
  • The United Nation’s Development Programme is the force behind the widely quoted Human Development Indicators, used in international rankings and progress reports towards the Millennium Goals.
  • World Bank: At a Glance
  • Education Statistics produced by the World Bank are part of a wider series of social indicators the Bank uses for its own purpose. These are independent of the UN and provide an excellent additional resource.
  • OECD Statistic tables
  • Online OECD Tables regularly updated
  • Statistical indices by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for member countries and select non-members as well.
  • India Country Case Study
  • Country Profile Background paper for Education for All by 2015 – Will we make it? A recent report that uncovers the finer details of India’s pressing education needs, such as school drop-outs, quality, enrollment and infrastructure.
  • ASER 2006 Report
  • The Annual Status of Education Report 2006 is a unique effort sponsored through the effort of Indian NGO Pratham to provide genuine source of information on the state of India’s education system.
  • India Country Profile (UNESCO)
  • Online Resource Available Here
  • India’s online progress report maintained by UNESCO. Latest data available for 2005.
  • There are a reported 2 million Non Government Organisations (NGOs) in India, this website is an authoritive guide to the most recognized and respected ones. The education stats page given above is an excellent starting point to further research.
  • The Great Indian Divide - Hindu Business Line
  • Article
  • Only a third of national income was generated in India’s villages in 2001. The gap between rural and urban areas is growing. This interesting article shows how.
  • Special Report: Push for Education Reveals little for India’s Poor - NY Times
  • Article
  • In the quest to provide every girl and boy with an education, is India succeeding. A 2007 survey claims otherwise.
  • India: Emerging as Eastern or Western Power?
  • As we move into the depths of the 21st Century, just how will India develop? Will it keep its unique identity or will it shun its fascination with the West in search of something more? This article finds out.
  • Infochange India Website
  • In its own words: "( is an online resource base that provides news, views, perspectives and debates on crucial issues of sustainable development and social justice in India and South Asia"
  • If Indian society is an oil painting, then India-together is its easel. Through in-depth journalism that leaves no stone unturned, this excellent website provides an insight few others can provide, especially regarding education.
  • Pakistan Government Ministry of Education (MOE)
  • The Pakistan Government maintains a surprisingly well-stocked set of surveys including the Labour Force survey, Education census 2005 amongst other education based tables.
  • Pakistan Government Federal Bureau of Statistics
  • A reasonable collection of reports and surveys covering Pakistans demography.
  • The State of Education in Pakistan 2003-4 – Ministry of Education
  • A surprisingly frank and well-rounded Government report on the state of education in Pakistan. Attention is paid to lack of quality and underinvestment in an overloaded education system.
  • Pakistan Integrated Household Survey (PIHS) 2001-2
  • PIHS 2001-2 Online
  • The fourth round of the PIHS provides a basic Government measure against national progress. The report includes basic information on national education, health, Population Welfare and Rural Water Supply & Sanitation from a sample of 16,182 households taken nationwide. Particularly insightful in regard to national sentiment towards education and reasons for non-attendance.
  • Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey (PSLM) 2004-5
  • PSLM 2004-5 Online
  • A wider-ranging report to the PIHS survey, with perhaps less depth, gives a more accurate guide to educational achievement of the people of Pakistan. The PSLM is the first round in a series of more comprehensive surveys aimed at measuring Pakistan’s Poverty Reduction programme, covering education, basic health care and household living standards. Both the PSLM and PIHS reports were carried out by the Federal Bureau of Statistics.
  • National Education Census (NEC) 2005
  • NEC 2005
  • The National Education Census 2005 is the most complete survey to date of education in Pakistan. The resulting report covers 260,000 institutions and brutally exposes the stark reality of education across the country. Unfortunately it contains little analysis, and mostly raw data tables at present.
  • The State of Pakistan’s Children 2005 - SPARC
  • Each year SPARC produce a well documented account of the state of Pakistan’s Children covering issues from Education to Child labour and Healthcare. This is a good independent report produced by an NGO with aspirations to help clear the murky waters of Pakistani society and shed some light into the darker corners.
  • State of Pakistan’s Children 2006 (SPARC)
  • SPARC’s latest report is a well-respected publication that aims to give an independent analysis of the state of Pakistan’s children in the 21st Century.
  • Property Ownership for Women Enriches, Empowers and Protects - International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW)
  • An interesting look at the affect of property ownership on a woman’s liberal freedoms. "A 2001 household survey in Pakistan found that women owned less than 3 percent of the plots, even though 67 percent of the sampled villages reported that women had a right to inherit land."
  • Students Today, Teachers Tomorrow? The Rise of Affordable Private Schools
  • With slow progress expanding the public school system in Pakistan, the private sector now forms 35 percent of all enrollments nationwide. This paper takes a look at the new trend and the Government’s plans to expand it further.
  • Pakistan Millennium Development Goals Progress Report 2005
  • The Millennium + 5 Report provides a solid, frank assessment of Pakistan’s progress towards achieving the Millennium Goals, particularly regarding Goal 2 - Universal Primary Education.
  • Students Today, Teachers Tomorrow? The Rise of Affordable Private Schools
  • Seminar
  • Given the deplorable state of much of Pakistan’s public schooling system, this report gives a valuable insight into the rapid rise private schools across the country.
  • Teacher Absence in Rural Pakistan
  • The problem of teacher absenteeism is acute in Pakistan, with up to 1 in 4 failing to show up to class every day. This report sheds light on the ‘ghost-teacher’ phenomena and solutions needed to tackle it.
  • Daily Times Newspaper
  • The Dailytimes is Pakistan’s newest English language newspaper covering a wide scope of issues across the country, making it a recommended resource.
  • Dawn Newspaper
  • Pakistan’s oldest and widely respected Newspaper was originally founded by Quaid-e-Azam (Mohammad Ali Jinnah), the founder of Pakistan in 1941.
  • UN Human Development Report China 2005
  • China’s first Human Development Report to be completed entirely by a Chinese staff, takes a look at what income disparity means to the people of China, as the Millennium Goals half-way point approaches.
  • China Statistical Yearbook Series
  • With big government like China, it would be hard not to collect data on everything under the sun, and fortunately, the Yearbooks contain most of it. Like all sources, data should be treated with discretion. Html pages can also be opened as Excel files.
  • China Country Study for EFA 2006 Report: Literacy for Life (Ross, 2005)
  • A very insightful report based on a wide range of studies that examines China’s progress to date in universalising education and future challenges to come. Unfortunately, it’s written in a rather jumbled manner and it takes several re-reads to get the key facts.
  • National Report on EFA and other Translations
  • Reports Online
  • Several academic reports translated by M. E. Sharpe relating to the National Beijing Conference on EFA in November 2005, as well as surveys asking Chinese their thoughts on national culture and "left-behind" children.
  • China Development Brief
  • A wealth of reports on China by long term resident journalist Nick Young supplying the inside story on the country’s social development. Though wildly popular within China’s NGO community, Beijing recently shut down the operation in mid-2007. (which is a shame given it was one of the few impartial sites available on China).
  • China Today: A Brief Overview (Métraux and Yoxall Dec 2006)
  • A comprehensive overview (e-book) of China in the 21st Century for all those who wish to gain more of a thorough understanding of one of the most exciting countries in the world.
  • China’s Instant Cities - National Geographic Magazine (June 2007)
  • Want to know how a city is built from scratch? Ever taken a peek into the heart of the world’s factory? This article by Pete Hessler and Mark Leong, travels to China’s industrial heartland to give a fascinating insight into a work in progress and the mind and life of the migrant worker.
  • Bringing quality down to the basics - China Development Brief
  • How does an NGO set up shop in China? CDB writes about the problems and benefits of grassroots education training in the wilds of Tibet.
  • China Digital Times - The Great Divide
  • Yawning chasms are opening between the rich and the poor in China and keeping track of nightly movements is China Digital Time’s ‘Great Divide’ section. Translated articles from domestic and international media make this a great place to start to learn about what many view as the biggest threat to China’s future.
  • Inter Press News Service
  • A news service focused on adding balance to international news and relevance to the developing world. Articles range from mainstream to non-traditional stories that give an alternative look behind the headlines.
  • Common Dreams
  • Bringing unedited stories from the frontlines of development and activism the world over to your PC in real time. Site has a lot of potential.
  • Global Voices
  • Learn more from a collection of Blog authors contributing to Global Voices from around the world. Articles cover world headlines from as far a field as Latvia to Lesotho and China to Chilli.
  • Poverty Geo Map (World Bank)
  • Google map showing (almost) the latest poverty figures, projects and news from the World Bank’s database.
  • International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC)
  • An international forum set up by the UN, international organisations and the Government of China to discuss the continually evolving nature of poverty reduction.
  • What about the poorest of the poor? Don’t they deserve our help?
  • Scattered along the fringes of the world’s society, 162 million people live on less than 50 cents per day. Has the world abandoned them?
  • Country Guides
  • Bare bone assessments of countries progress towards achieving the Millennium Goals including strong sections on Education and Politics.
  • End Poverty in South Asia World Bank Blog
  • Short clips and nuances from the World Banks Chief economist in South Asia, Shanta Devarajan, accompanied by several guest writers. More of an interesting insight into the World Bank’s take on development, than a resource.
  • UN Population Centre
  • Population projections from the United Nation’s Population database 2006 Revision allow you to select a range of data for most of world’s nations.
  • Global Education Updates
  • Resource Centre
  • An encyclopaedia of reports relating to education and it’s effect on countries and the world at large. Case studies, guides and interesting articles from some of the world’s foremost thinkers and agencies. - Recommended
  • IRIN News Service
  • Co-ordinated by the UN office for Humanitarian Affairs, IRIN provides a fantastic news service on humanitarian happenings across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia.
  • Child labour in Asia and the Pacific (ILO)
  • Report on Child Labour
  • "The ILO has recently estimated that some 217.7 million children ages 5 to 17 are engaged in child labour around the world. Of these, some 126.3 million are caught in the worst forms of child labour."
  • Ever heard of Choice Theory?
  • William Glasser’s choice theory teaches us about the way we behave and affect our own reality. His work on education is notable and his words are widely quoted.
  • China, India. Superpower? Not so Fast! (Yale Global Online)
  • Will India and China dominate a new ‘Asian Century’? Is America really set to loose its uno supreme place in the world? Yale Global debunks some of those myths, at least for now.
Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
Mahatma Gandhi

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