Informing debate: why higher education matters for the post-2015 agenda

DLP-commissioned research is being fed into the continuing debate on the post-2015 agenda to establish development priorities beyond the Millennium Development Goals.

Our researchers’ findings from Ghana are among the evidence being presented by the Association of Commonwealth Universities to the committee set up by the UNDG to consider the theme of education. The findings illuminate the influence of secondary and higher education on the creation of developmental elites, the formative roots of coalitions and the promotion of developmental ideas.

The findings suggest that the original MDG of achieving universal primary education doesn’t go far enough, especially if the long-term aim is to help developing countries create their own home-grown developmentally-minded leadership coalitions.

Many leaders interviewed for the DLP research in Ghana traced their networks and most formative early political experiences back to quality secondary and higher education. They explained that this had encouraged critical thought, a wider world view, inter-ethnic and social tolerance and promoted a sense of public service and ‘the public good’.

Susy Ndaruhutse – Head of International Development and Education at CfBT Education Trust and a member of the Ghana research team – summarises the Ghana findings in a post on the ACU’s website, The world beyond 2015.

In another ACU post she puts these findings in context, outlining the broader research evidence on why the post-2015 agenda should look beyond primary education. This is also available on DLP’s website: read Higher education in the post-2015 agenda: proof that it matters

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