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Document Number: 6195

Cultivating Minds - This article argues that universal, high-quality primary and secondary education is achievable and well within the ability of wealthy nations to fund by the middle of the 21st century. The authors outline five changes essential to achieving that goal: (1) open discussions nationally, regionally and internationally on the goals of education; (2) a commitment to improving the effectiveness and economic efficiency of education; (3) a commitment to extending high-quality secondary education to all children; (4) recognition of the diverse character of educational systems in different countries, and adaptation of aid policies and educational assessment requirements to local contexts; and (5) more funding from rich countries for education in poor countries. (Joel E. Cohen and David E. Bloom, Finance & Development, International Monetary Fund, June 2005)...

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