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Rural communities in many countries are faced with the need to restructure their school networks and close some smaller facilities. Óbidos, a town in western Portugal, provides a case study of how to meet these challenges by creating new school complexes that offer improved educational opportunities to the teaching staff, students and local people.
This OECD report provides an analysis of the higher education sector within the economic, social and political context of the Dominican Republic. It looks at access, quality and relevance, the effectiveness and governance of the system, its financing as well as its research and innovation capacity.
Simple fact: older workers are leaving the labour force earlier than they did in the 60s and 70s. The retirement age declined steadily across OECD countries from the 1970s to the early 2000s. Over the past decade this drop has levelled off, with some countries experiencing a slight upturn. Despite this, apart from Japan and Korea, it is still significantly lower than in the 1960s and 1970s.
Join around 500 higher education policy-makers, institutional leaders and academic experts active in higher education at the biennial General Conference of the OECD’s Programme for Institutional Management in Higher Education on 17-19 September in Paris.
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Breaking down barriers to gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship would create new sources of economic growth and help make better use of everyone’s skills, according to this new OECD report.
The OECD has launched its Skills Strategy to help governments build economic resilience, boost employment and reinforce social cohesion. Despite the pressure on public finances, spending on education and skills is an investment for the future and must be a priority.
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A country’s success in integrating immigrants’ children is a key benchmark of the efficacy of social policy in general and education policy in particular. The variance in performance gaps between immigrant and non-immigrant students across countries, even after adjusting for socio-economic background, suggests that policy has an important role to play in eliminating such gaps.
Youth unemployment was 21.9% in the UK in March 2012, the second highest rate of G8 countries after Italy. This is close to its 20-year peak of 22.4% at the end of 2011.
The report highlights strategies from other countries that could serve as a model for England as it develops its early childhood education and care programme.