LITERACY IN ASIA
Just over 20 years ago in Jomtien some 155 countries signed up to the World Declaration on Education for All, spearheading a movement to close vast gaps in learning opportunities.
May 15, 2007: A young schoolgirl who had hoped to start a new term sits instead amid the charred ruins of her classroom at Ban Lamao school, which was set ablaze by insurgents in Rueso district of Narathiwat province.
That same year, 1990, the notion that national income alone was not enough to measure development came into the spotlight, with the creation of the Human Development Index. The premise was simple: people are a nation's real wealth; their well-being _ from life expectancy to literacy and educational achievement _ has a direct impact on growth.
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