Brexit Should Spur UK to Progressive Education Policy


The Brexit vote has been perceived as a backlash to globalization, but one thing is clear: globalisation is not going away. If developed countries are going to weather the current populist storm, they need to start creating policies that respond to the downsides of globalization. Education policy is one place to start.

The globalised economy …

Youth Parliament 2015
Blog / Brexit

Young People Need More Politics in School

Making domestic and international politics a key component of secondary education would improve political engagement of young people in the UK.  


Politics should become a mandatory core subject at GCSE level and Scottish equivalent. There is currently no option to do this, the closest options given at this level are either ‘citizenship’ or ‘modern studies’ …

Classroom for 80 students in Ogun State, Nigeria
Africa / Africa

Child Poverty Post 2015

Classroom for 80 students in Ogun State, Nigeria

 The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) is by nature progressive, to be built upon and scaled up. As 2015 draws close to an end, development experts globally are exploring new sets of goals. A more suitable approach may be tackling the challenges discovered and scaling up on MDG …

School children in Colombia
Blog / International Development

SDGs: Hunger, Health and Education

School children in Florida (Valle), in Colombia – Ministerio de Educación via Wikimedia Commons

As mentioned in the Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda released on June 1st, the SDGs and the targets have to be considered integrated and indivisible, global in nature …

Africa / Blog

International Relations dialogue and Sub-Saharan Africa: why the silence?

Education. Photo Source: Javier Corbo via Flickr Creative Commons.

A search on Google Scholar using the search term ‘Middle East’ returns 3.5 million results; ‘North Africa’ 2.9 million; ‘Europe’ 4.7 million. In contrast, a search for ‘Sub-Saharan Africa’ returns just 660,000, posing an important question for international relations scholars: why is there such …

Malala Yousafzai at the WOW 2014 festival in London; photo through Wiki Commons:
Asia / Blog

Justice for Malala: A Girl’s Right to Education

Malala Yousafzai at the WOW 2014 festival in London; photo through Wiki Commons:

Malala Yusufzai was just 14 years old when in 2012 the Pakistan Taliban targeted her school bus and shot her point-blank due to her efforts to spread awareness of what girls faced in her home in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The region, controlled by …

The North American Free Trade Agreement. Courtesy of TheMexicanGentlemen, via Wikimedia Commons
Americas / Blog

Beyond NAFTA: evaluating FTAs in Mexico and Colombia

The North American Free Trade Agreement. Photo source: TheMexicanGentlemen via Wikimedia Commons.

The distinguished Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington described Mexico as a ‘torn country’. Torn because of its cultural and linguistic attachment to Latin America on the one hand, and on the other, its geographic and economic alignment to the United States. NAFTA, the trilateral North …