September 2006

(From Childcare Resource and Research Unit University of Toronto)

On September 19, 2006, the OECD released the final summary report from the Thematic Review of Early Childhood Education and Care, begun in 1998. (Complete report browseable version only)

(From OECD Website- Country Reviews in Education: What’s new)

A new OECD report on early childhood policy, Starting Strong II…. this is a review of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in twenty OECD countries describing the social, economic, conceptual and research factors that influence early childhood policy….

Starting Strong II provides a comparative analysis of policy developments and issues, highlighting innovative approaches and proposing policy options that can be adapted to different national contexts. Among other things, it notes:

    • a growing consensus – based on research from a wide range of countries covering demographics, social change and cost-benefit analyses – that governments must invest in and regulate early childhood education and care;
    • a trend towards integrating early childhood policy and administration under one ministry, often education;
    • moves towards greater contact between early childhood centres and schools, and growing use of national curricular frameworks in the early childhood sector;
    • the provision of at least two years of kindergarten before children enter compulsory schooling;
      growing, but still insufficient, government investment in services;
    • more participatory approaches to quality improvement, based on wide consultation of stakeholders and the engagement of professional staff in documentation and research;
    • clearer ideas at government level of the qualifications needed by staff to engage with rapidly changing social and family conditions;
    • an increase in university chairs in early childhood education and care policy;
    • and a recognition of the need for more country research and data collection in the field.

(see Press release )


(From UNESCO In the Spotlight: Education and Culture )

Education Clearing House

Impact of Free Primary Education on Early Childhood Development in Kenya

Teacher education guidelines for education for sustainable development

Study of higher education’s response to HIV and AIDS

Handbook for literacy and non-formal education facilitators in Africa

Understanding gender inequalities in Kenya

Scaling up good practices in girls education

The 2006 edition of the Academic Ranking of World Universities has been release. According to researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, 8 of the world’s “Top 10” universities are located in the U.S. The USA with 4.6 % of the world population (2004) 53.5% of the world 100 top Universities. No Latin American , African or Asian country outside Europe and Canada with the exception of Israel and Japan have any share in the percentage of top 100 top universities according to this rank, and less of twenty percent of their share in the top 500 universities (see Comparison)

(From Academic Ranking of World Universities 2006)

“Top 10” universities around the world

  1. Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  2. University of Cambridge, England
  3. Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
  4. University of California, Berkeley, Calif.
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  6. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
  7. Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  8. Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  9. University of Chicago, Chicago, Il.
  10. University of Oxford, England

You can obtain a number of useful links to other Ranking Resources around the world at this Website.

The UNESCO provides a portal aims to provide a space for information-sharing on UNESCO’s literacy projects and activities undertaken around the world, which contains a number of useful links to resources related to literacy and education

(From UNESCO portal Literacy for All: United Nations Literacy Decade 2003-2012 )


UNESCO Library:

World Resources on Literacy (UNESCO Institute for Education):

Asia-Pacific Literacy Data Base (ACCU, Japan and UNESCO Bangkok):

National Adult Literacy Database (NALD, Canada):

LINCS, Literacy Information and Communication System (National Institute for Literacy, USA):

International Reading Association (IRA):

Literacy information from UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS):

· Literacy

· Statistical Tables

· Statistical Graphs

The on-line library of OECD, the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development:
SourceOECD: Education and skills

Resources from UNESCO “All for Girls’ Education!” Website:

· Training Materials

· Publications

· Related Websites

On-line publications on education:

· Recent UNESCO publications on education

· UNESCO Institute for Education (UIE) publications

· UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) publications