Developing countries have seen clear advances in education over the past years. Nonetheless, there remains a lot of work to be done, many illiterate children and many others who, despite their current schooling, do not manage to finish primary school.
These were some of the observations made by the Executive Director of the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI), Josep Maria Vilalta, in his article published in the Planet Futuro supplement to Spanish daily El País.
Vilalta analyses the main conclusions of the UNESCO report Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges.
In his opinion, even though there is greater awareness of the importance of education as a tool for development, there is still much to be done in this regard. For starters, the amount of development aid dedicated specifically to educational projects should be increased. In the year 2013, for example, only 2% of humanitarian assistance was oriented towards the improvement of the quality of education. Once more, political will is a determining factor, beyond any technical measures adopted.