Too many people from disadvantaged backgrounds are falling behind in education and future job market, according to a new OECD report.
Educational Opportunity For All: Overcoming Inequality throughout the Life Course says that children, students and adults from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds receive too little support to succeed in school and in learning opportunities later in life.
“Education, particularly in early childhood, plays a vital role in combating rising social inequalities,” said Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa and who also oversees the OECD’s work on education, launching the report in Paris. “Our evidence shows that children at a disadvantage in the education system typically go on to receive smaller salaries and, most worryingly of all, to live shorter lives. To build more inclusive societies, every country needs to step up its education efforts to help the poorer fulfil their promise of self-realisation and have access to opportunities in life. We need to make disadvantaged children our priority!”
According to a new set of 12 indicators on equity in education, only a few OECD countries offer people from poor backgrounds the same opportunity to succeed as their better-off peers, notably Estonia, Japan, Korea and the Netherlands. On the other hand, in Chile, France, Israel, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, there are exceptionally large gaps between the more advantaged in society and the disadvantaged.
SOURCE: “More Efforts Needed to Help Children from Disadvantaged Families Succeed*.” OECD Social and welfare issues [website viewed 13 December 2017].
*The Social Library Library has placed an order for this title – it will be available for loan February 2018
Produced by the librarians at the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne, Australia