Giving Compass' Take:

· Sophie Edwards, a writer for Devex, answers some questions regarding global education and her plans to turn debate into action. Edwards spoke at Devex World on June 12 in Washington, D.C. to discuss what's possible in the education sector and focused on coalitions, community activism, and movement building.

· Is access to schools and education a human right by itself? Is global education an attainable goal? How does education influence global economic development?

· Read and learn about the Gates Foundation's recently launched global education strategy.


When it comes to education, the debate between different approaches to ensuring education for all often hits a wall and taking the narrative beyond politicization to action can be a challenge.

“These are some of the old debates that are holding education reform back,” said Devex London-based reporter Sophie Edwards. “At Devex World, we want to talk about emerging approaches and identify ways to build an effective movement around education. At the moment we don't really have one, it's very fragmented.”

So how can we move the needle on progress? Taking a deep dive on what’s possible in the education sector at Devex World on June 12 in Washington, D.C., Edwards drove a conversation focusing on a way forward that’s not about communications plans or social media strategies, but coalitions, community activism, and, ultimately, movement building.

“The Millennium Development Goals were all about universal access, and the Sustainable Development Goals have taken this even further, but it's pretty complicated how you actually deliver that and also who delivers that,” Edwards added. “I think the idea is to work out how we get beyond these goals and actually bring real change.”

Read the full article about education at Devex International Development.