Educational Opportunity for All
Overcoming Inequality throughout the Life Course
Equitable educational opportunities can help to promote long-lasting, inclusive economic
growth and social cohesion. Successful education and skills policies can empower individuals
to reach their full potential and enjoy the fruits of their labour, regardless of
their circumstances at birth. However, as this report shows, far too many children,
students and adults from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds fall behind.
In many countries, substantial learning gaps exist between students at opposite ends
of the socio-economic scale, and these differences tend to increase in the transition
All countries have ample room for improvement to ensure better learning outcomes for
all. Early childhood education has been identified as an important element in future
success, and requires investment, as do family and community-based support and programmes
for children from families that have not attained a high level of education and skills.
In the schools, targeted support is necessary for low performers from disadvantaged
backgrounds and for poorly performing schools. As for the adult population, learning
should be focused on improving employability, through a combination of education and
practical job training. Barriers to participation in learning need to be removed,
and delivery methods need to be more innovative and flexible. Targeted support is
needed for the most vulnerable members of society.
Published on December 06, 2017
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