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The World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) – a new visualization tool to measure marginalization

Posted on 25 September 2012 by Pauline Rose


To coincide with the launch of the UN Secretary-General’s Education First initiative, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report Team will launch a new interactive website tomorrow – the World Inequality Database on Education(WIDE). In an exclusive preview for this blog, the Report’s director Pauline Rose explains what WIDE shows and why it is important.

I am delighted that the UN Secretary-General is putting Education First by launching his new initiative for education. Three years before the Education for All deadline, it is a much needed push to get more children into school and ensure they learn – especially for the poor and marginalized.

In order to design policies to reach the marginalized, it is vital to know who they are and where they live. But measuring marginalization is not an easy task. National averages of indicators such as average years in school often hide the problems of those at the margins. The 2010 EFA Global Monitoring Report, Reaching the marginalized, took a big step forward in providing new analysis that allowed us to look beyond the averages, showing how disadvantages, such as poverty, gender or rural residence, often overlap leaving large groups of children and young people with less than four years of schooling – which the Report identified as living in education poverty; and some even with less than two years of schooling – living in extreme education poverty. It gave world leaders, policymakers and the media unprecedented insight into disparities in access to education within countries.