Executive Director SMU Academy
In 2013, 59 million children of primary school age were out of school, indicating the world’s failure in meeting the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015. While primary school completion rate has been rising steadily, many children failed to achieve minimum levels of proficiency in reading and basic mathematics at the end of primary school. Further, in 2013 two-thirds of the adults who were unable to read and write were women. Sustainable Development Goal 4 seeks to address these gaps through ensuring equal access to affordable and quality education. This session will highlight innovations, challenges and lessons learned in the education space from philanthropy and social investing’s perspectives.
- Philanthropy and social investing play a key role in funding education innovations and influencing policy-makers.
- Effective partnerships between government, social investors and social purpose organisations require harmonisation of outcomes.
- There’s a need to define the principles behind “quality education” for all levels of education.
- Social efforts should focus on improving gender equality in access to education beyond the primary level.