This is a poem to celebrate the seven students who make up the first graduating class of the Zabuli Education Center -- the first school for girls in a small village on the outskirts of Kabul Province. Here, they've defied all the odds to become one of the most successful schools in the country. Today is their graduation day.
What Works in Girls Education, a new book, extols the far-reaching benefits of educating young women and girls around the world. In study after study, the evidence presented only confirms what many of us already suspected -- girl's education is among the smartest and most worthy investments a country can make.
Education systems are not keeping up with fast-changing global economies, and in advanced and developing countries alike students are not being prepared for the modern workforce. This "skills gap" was the focus for this year's World Innovation Summit of Education (WISE), an event that brings together thousands of leading education experts and policymakers.