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Education Olympic Games 2020 Final Results

Education Olympic Games 2020 Final Results

A nail-biting finish. Who Won China, South Korea, Mexico, or Russia?

The first Global Academic Awards ended this week. The results show some countries are determined to be the best, while others are behind in their organizational structure, have poor leadership, and suffer from a lack of communication from the local and national government levels.

What was on display during this competition was a disconnect of how important it is to gather, maintain, and update education data. It is not something you should do, but what you must do in the 21st century. If not you are begging for failure and a crumbling government.

Below is a breakdown of the final three rounds of the Global Academic Awards. There were many surprises and unbelievable outcomes. Nevertheless, it points to countries that have a better grip on their future, and guarantee to become world leaders in the 21st century.

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China made a strong move to the top, by leading Group 2 and 3. This featured four other major education powers – South Korea, United Kingdom, Russia, and Japan.

In Group 1 and 4, winner Chile came out of South America as the leader and leads countries from North America, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Here are the results:

Second Round Group Winners

Group 1 and 4
1 Chile
2 Mexico
3 Kenya
4 Argentina
5 Ghana
6 Dominican Republic

Group 2 and 3
1 China
2 Russia
3 South Korea
4 Japan
5 United Kingdom
6 France

Semi-Final Round6 Countries

Russia became the Global Academic Awards overall leader in the competition in the Semi-Final round.

South Korea and China also advanced from Group 2 and 3. Mexico, Chile, and Kenya came out of Group 1 and 4.

Semi-Final Round Group Winners

1 Russia
2 South Korea
3 China
4 Mexico
5 Chile
6 Kenya

Final Round – 4 Countries

The medal round produces the biggest excitement of the competition with South Korea and Russia needing the pandemic decider.

Medal Rounds Results

China won the Gold medal in Early Childhood Development.

Early Childhood Education Results

GOLD: China
SILVER: South Korea
BRONZE; Russia
BRONZE: Mexico

For student preparation for children 6 to 11, Russia won the Gold for Primary Education.

Primary Education Results

GOLD: Russia
SILVER: Mexico
BRONZE: South Korea
BRONZE: China

South Korea won the Gold Medal in Lower-Secondary Education.

Lower-Secondary Education Results

GOLD: South Korea
SILVER: Russia
BRONZE: China
BRONZE: Mexico

The transition development for students into early adulthood was won by Russia via a Gold Medal in High School Graduations.

High School Education Results

GOLD: Russia
SILVER: South Korea
BRONZE: China
BRONZE: Mexico

China won the Gold Medal in College Completion Rates.

College Education Results

GOLD: China
SILVER: South Korea
BRONZE: Russia
BRONZE: Mexico

Russia and South Korea tied for the most medal points won in the Global Academic Awards competitions with both countries achieving 10 apiece.

Total Medals

Russia 10
South Korea 10
China 8
Mexico 2

The overall winner of the competition had to be decided by a tie-breaker. The School Safe level of each country was used as a tie-breaker.

TIE-BREAKER

SCHOOL SAFE LEVEL

South Korea 13
Russia 12

South Korea has a School Safe rating of 13, while Russia has a School Safe rating of 12. South Korea was named the inaugural winner of the Global Academic Awards competition.

OVERALL MEDALS

GOLD: South Korea
SILVER: Russia
BRONZE: China
BRONZE: Mexico

What is Next?

In France in 2024, every country on the planet will have an opportunity to show their wares. Who is committed to change, stay the same, or continue to fail their population? The World Top 20 Project will be watching.

Education Olympics Games 2020

Education Olympics Games 2020

Who is winning the minds of our children?

The first three rounds of the Global Academic Awards rounds are complete – Intercontinental, Continental, and First. Only 12 nations remain.

Major nations have already been eliminated, and several less-known nations have made it through.

The final three rounds will answer the question, “Which nation has the best education system?”

Reviews of the first three rounds are below.

Intercontinental Contest- All Countries

Finland and Denmark, two of the world’s best educated countries did not advance. Nigeria, Africa’s largest nation, and India, Asia’s second-largest country also failed to advance.

South Korea, Russia, Chile, and Mexico look strong. Here are the early results:

Africa

Eastern Africa
Winners
1.Kenya
2.Seychelles
3.Ethiopia

Eastern Africa – Projected winners where Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda

Central Africa
Winners
1.Sao Tome and Principe
2.Cameroon
3.Chad

Central Africa – Projected winners where Sao Tome and Principe, Gabon, and Cameroon

Northern Africa
Winners
1.Algeria
2.Egypt
3.Sudan

Northern Africa – Projected winners where Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia

Southern Africa
Winners
1.Lesotho
2.South Africa
3.eSwatini

Southern Africa – Projected winners where South Africa, Namibia, and eSwatini

Western Africa
Winners
1.Ghana
2.Guinea-Bissau
3.Senegal

Western Africa – Projected winners where Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone

Asia

East Asia
Winners
1.South Korea
2.Japan
3.China

East Asia – Projected winners where China, Japan, and South Korea

Central Asia
Winners
1.Kyrgyzstan
2.Uzbekistan
3.Tajikistan

Central Asia – Projected winners where Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan

South Asia
Winners
1.Nepal
2.Bangladesh
3.Sri Lanka

South Asia – Projected winners where India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

Southeast Asia
Winners
1.Indonesia
2.Singapore
3.Cambodia

Southeast Asia – Projected winners where Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam

Western Asia
Winners
1.Israel
2.Saudi Arabia
3.Palestine

Western Asia – Projected winners where Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait

Oceania

Australasia
Winners
1.New Zealand
2.Australia
3.Fiji

Australasia Oceania– Projected winners where Australia, New Zealand, and the Solomon Islands

Micronesia
Winners
1.Kiribati
2.Nauru
3.Palau

Micronesia Oceania– Projected winners where Kiribati, Nauru, and Palau
Polynesia
Winners
1.Samoa Tokelau (NZ)
2.Tonga
3.Tuvalu

Polynesia Oceania – Projected winners where Tuvalu, Samoa, Tokelau, and American Samoa

Europe

Northern Europe
Winners
1.United Kingdom
2.Sweden
3.Ireland

Northern Europe – Projected winners where Finland, Denmark, and the United Kingdom

Southern Europe
Winners
1.Croatia
2.France
3.Serbia

Southern Europe – Projected winners where France, Belgium, and Italy

Eastern Europe
Winners
1.Russia
2.Germany
3.Kazakhstan

Eastern Europe – Projected winners where Russia, Germany and Poland

North America

Winners
1.Mexico
2.Canada
3.United States

North America – Projected winners where USA, Canada, and Mexico

The Caribbean

Winners
1.Dominican Republic
2.Aruba (Neth)
3.British Virgin Islands (UK)

The Caribbean – Projected winners where Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the British Virgin Islands

Central America

Winners
1.Guatemala
2.El Salvador
3.Belize

Central America – Projected winners where Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Belize

South America

Winners
1.Chile
2.Colombia
3.Argentina

South America – Projected winners where Brazil, Chile, and Argentina

Continental Round60 Countries

Three countries from each continent advance to the round. Israel, Singapore, and Germany were major countries to not advance.

Countries like the Dominican Republic, Kiribati, and El Salvador won their continent. This shows their education data collection systems are well established.

Africa

Winners
1.Kenya
2.Ghana
3.Egypt

Asia

Winners
1.South Korea
2.Japan
3.China

Europe

Winners
1.Russia
2.United Kingdom
3.France

Central America

Winners
1.El Salvador
2.Guatemala
3.Belize

North America

Winners
1.Mexico
2.United States
3.Canada

South America

Winners
1.Chile
2.Argentina
3.Colombia

The Caribbean

Winners
1.Dominican Republic
2.Aruba (Neth)
3.British Virgin Islands (UK)

Oceania

Winners
1.Kiribati
2.New Zealand
3.Australia

 

First Round -24 Countries

As the competition advance to the international stage, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand are missing education data ended their chances to go on.

Two group leaders, who are not viewed as strong nations, Kenya and Chile, are still alive for the medal rounds.

First Round Winners

Group 1

1.Kenya
2.Ghana
3.Dominican Republic

Group 2

1.Chile
2.Mexico
3.Argentina

Group 3

1.South Korea
2.Japan
3.China

Group 4

1.Russia
2.United Kingdom
3.France

Next month’s article will reveal the final two rounds – Second, Semi-Finals, and the Medal Round.

The Olympic Games for Education – The Global Academic Awards

The Olympic Games for Education – The Global Academic Awards

Over 200 nations compete this summer, to see who has the best education system in the world.

The world’s greatest sporting event, the Summer Olympics Games will take place next month, a year late because of COVID-19. As countries compete to see who is the best in swimming, gymnastics, track and field, boxing, and archery.

The world will be exposed to a new event to see what nation has the best early childhood, primary, lower-secondary, high school, and college education levels.

You say education is not a sport. Not a show of endurance training and dedication. I say you are a fool not to think so.

The time has come for nations to face the reality education is the most important feet to accomplish and behold. Where nations can be tested and admired for their commitment, to stand alone for developing the best of the best.

The Award’s competition was born to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Initiative that asks nations to improve the lives of the people in their country by the year 2030.

The UN’s SDG education mission is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Well, the Global Academic Awards will test each nation’s ability to accomplish those talents.

And you have a front-row see to see who comes out on top this summer.

Who Are You?

In the Global Academic Awards, no one individual or team represents their country. It is not that simple. It will be the whole government and their system to develop human capital. That means our children, teachers, and schools’ performance will determine who is the winner and losers.

The participants in this competition will be the nation’s current education statistics from – early childhood enrollment rates, primary completion rates, lower-secondary completion rates, high school graduation rates, and college graduation rates.

Using basic percentage calculations and sorting each nation’s data into sections. The data represent reported international data for Primary and Lower-Secondary education levels from 2015 to 2018, by WDI and UNESCO. From 2016 through 2018, the Early Childhood, High School, and College education data were collected by the OECD and UNESCO.

The data come from each country’s self-reporting to the UN’s from the above-mentioned international educational data collection platforms.

So the data are the latest reported education data, according to each nation.

Let the Games Commence

The Global Academic Awards winners are chosen based on the education data they present and how it compares to that of other countries.

To reach the awards, the nation that successfully completes its geographical area competition must compete in five rounds.

The format is as follows:

Intercontinental – All Countries
Continental Round- 60 Countries
First Round- 24 Countries
Second Round – 12 Countries
Semi-Final Round- 6 Countries
Medal Round – 4 Countries

The eight continents where the tournament begins are Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, North America, South America, Oceania, and the Caribbean.

Sixty countries are eligible to advance to the Continental round.

The first round will be contested by twenty-four nations from the continent round. After that, 12 countries will advance to the second round. The top six countries from the second round advance to the semi-finals. Winner medals will be awarded to the four countries with the highest educational levels and overall point total.

Who Will Be Our Winners?

Awards are a way of recognizing someone’s accomplishments. Of attaining a level that no one else has. The goal of the Global Academic Awards is to inspire and encourage nations to achieve greatness, which will need everyone’s participation. Everyone, no matter how big or small, can contribute to success.

Education will capture the nation’s attention and make its presence felt in 2021. It will never be underestimated again!

We want to know the outcomes wherever a book can be opened, from Africa’s scorching heat to Antarctica’s cold permafrost.

Predictions about who will win begin at the local level, progressing to the region, and then to the global stage.

This is where we begin: Africa.

Africa is divided into five geographical regions. Three countries will advance to the Continent round from each area. The most stable countries in the eastern part of the country are Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Sao Tome and Principe, Gabon, and Cameroon, are located in Central Africa, are the most stable countries in that region.

Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia, all from the northern part of Africa, are powerful nations on the continent. South Africa, Namibia, and the formal nation known as Swaziland – eSwatini – are all countries in Southern Africa that should have excellent educational systems. Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone should be the representatives from Western Africa.

Ghana, Kenya, and Egypt should be the three countries that emerge from the Continent round and represent Africa. These three countries have the most advanced educational infrastructure in the region.

Asia

Asia, like Africa, is divided into five major geographical regions. Powerhouse nations like China, Japan, and South Korea dominate the East, and they should represent the region. Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are solid countries in Central Asia that should advance. India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka should be given priority in South Asia.

Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait should qualify for the Continent round from Southeast and Western Asia.

South Korea, Japan, and China should be the three Asian countries represented.

Europe

Europe is divided into three geographical zones. Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Iceland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom are among the northern countries. However, only three countries can proceed. Finland, Denmark, and the United Kingdom are the countries we expect to continue.

From the south, it appears that France, Belgium, and Italy have the upper hand. Russia is a shoo-in from Eastern Europe, but Germany and Poland should move on as well.

Russia, Finland, and Denmark are expected to be the three countries representing Europe.

North America

Only four teams can qualify to compete in the Global Academic Awards. So the three countries favored representing the Continent are – the USA, Canada, and Mexico.

South America

Like North America, there will only be the Continent Round winners representing them in the next round. The three favors to move on are Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.

Central America

Only three winners of the Continent Round advance to the next round of the competition. Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Belize are the three predicted winners.

Oceania

Oceania is divided into three geographical areas. Australia, New Zealand, and the Solomon Islands are the selections from Australasia. Kiribati, Nauru, and Palau are expected to advance from Micronesia. Tuvalu, Samoa, Tokelau, and American Samoa are expected to win the Polynesia region.

Australia, New Zealand, and Kiribati are expected to be the three Continent winners.

The Caribbean

The three countries expected to represent the Caribbean are Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the British Virgin Islands.

The Countdown to the Finals

Countries move on to the international stages after completing their continental rounds. Countries will be seeded from their Continentals in the first round.

This year’s seeding is as follows:

  1. Africa
  2. Asia
  3. Europe
  4. North America
  5. South America
  6. Central America
  7. Oceania
  8. The Caribbean

Then placed in four groups:
1 vs. 8
2 vs. 7
3 vs. 6
4 vs. 5

Ghana, Kenya, and Egypt are expected to be the top three nations in Groups 1 and 8. All three Asian nations – South Korea, Japan, and China – should win Groups 2 and 7. All three European nations – Russia, Finland, and Denmark – should be in the top three in Groups 3 and 6. In Groups 4 and 5, the United States, Canada, and Chile should advance to the next round.

The nations in Groups 1 and 8 and Groups 4 and 5 will compete:
Ghana, Kenya, and Egypt, the United States, Canada, and Chile

The nations in Groups 2 and 7 and Groups 3 and 6 will compete:

South Korea, Japan, and China, Russia, Finland, and Denmark

The Semi-Finals are expected to feature Group 1 and 8 and Group 4 and 5 winners – the United States, Canada, and Chile. Finland, South Korea, and Russia are expected to be the winners from Groups 2 and 7, and Groups 3 and 6.

The Final Six

All six countries will be matched in the Semi-Final Round, with four countries advancing to the medal rounds.

You have Finland, which has been voted the best educated country in the world for the past decade. Four out of seven years, the annual World Top 20 Education Poll has named South Korea as having the strongest education system. Next, we have the United States, which spends over $700 billion a year on education.

Because of their history of educational innovation dating back to the first century, Russia may have the best chance of earning the first gold medal at The Global Academic Awards. How about Canada, which has boosted its investment in modern educational technology? Last but not least, Chile, a rising force in Latin America, where does it stand in terms of educational growth?

Who will win the gold medal in Early Childhood, Primary, Lower-Secondary, High School, and College education levels? Only six countries hold the answer to that question.

Which country will win the overall medal count and points to be declared the best educated country in the world? We will find out on August 22, 2021.

DATA SOURCE:

The international data used was collected from the following sources:

  1. Early Childhood Enrollment Rate – the number of 3 and 5-year old children in the country that were enrolled in early education. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) & United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics
  2. Primary School Completion Rate – the percentage of 6 to 11-year old that completed 5 years of education in their country. World Development Indicators (WDI) & United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics
  3. Secondary School Completion Rate – the percentage of 12 to 14-year old that completed 8 years of education in their country. World Development Indicators (WDI) & United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics
  4. High School Graduation Rate – the percentage of 15 to 18-year old that completed 12 years of education in their country. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) & United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics
  5. College Graduation Rate – the percentage of 19 to 24-year old that completed 13 years or more of education in their country. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) & United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics

How to Help Your Child and Save the World

The Global Academic Awards create a new way to success.

The Global Academic Awards (GAA) competition is going to change the way you think about education forever. The world is changing, for some, they say the worst. But, for others, they see opportunities to explore, to take greater risk and reach higher achievements.

The GAA competition is here to take greater risk, challenge, and dare to push the limits of government leadership, parent support, and involvement, and prepare a path for our children to become the best they can be.

The GAA wants to draw a blueprint for every child to develop skills that will improve their character, self-esteem, and understanding of what they do best.

From entering their first classroom protocol of standing in line, to time managing the completion of a class assignment, to learning how to take the responsibility of being ready for tomorrow’s task, and solving problems with mental obstacles.

This competition will test countries’ communities, schools, and households. No one will be excluded from contributing to the success or failure of our children. No one! It’s time for the GAA. It is time we took education seriously, both for its skill development and its impact on the planet.

We leave no one behind

Our organization, NJ MED, goal is to build a better world. We cannot do that without you. In a time went the world can be broken and drop us to our knees. We cannot let that happen again. Ever again!

COVID 19 is an example of what can happen if we are not prepared as a society to fight the unknown. Not having the human capacity to address something that threatens our existence on this planet. We do not need a superhero to save us, we need good common sense.

The GAA competition is a solution to the problem. It helps to build the mental capacity to organize, analyze, break down variables and come to a conclusion faster.

To do that, we have to improve our educational platforms. Expand our reach in gaining knowledge in remote parts of the world. Where there may be a child that is born that can solve mathematic formats that unwrap genes. That can reverse chemical equations to balance abnormalities. However, he or she will never step into a classroom. Never reach their full potential, never contribute to society.

They may be the missing pieces we need to maintain mankind on this planet. And the Global Academic Awards is ready to leave no one behind and test that theory.

The Global Academic Awards competition is more than an Academic Award

From the human development of the ages of 3 to 25, the GAA will test and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of progressivism in education for each nation. By taking a serious look at the educational system and social skills platforms that also exist.

And measure each nation’s growth from 2021 to 2030, in NJ MED’s World Top 20 Project, which was designed to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal Initiative.

The GAA will hold three competitions (2021, 2024, and 2028) to track the progress each nation is making towards achieving five educational goals by 2030 for their students.

These goals include Early Childhood Enrollment Rates, Primary School Completion Rates, Lower-Secondary Completion Rates, High School Graduation Rates, and College Graduation Rates.

Along with measuring each educational level, the World Top 20 Project will observe which social skills are being developed as well, for their students:

Early Childhood (3 to 5)

  • Interacting in an age-group setting
  • Following instruction
  • Learning to maintain mental focus
  • Understand link building
  • Growing communication Skills

Primary (6 to 11)

  • Problem-solving
  • Develop moral and ethical behavior
  • Complete task
  • Creative thinking
  • Accept responsibility

Lower-Secondary (12 to 14)

  • Goal-setting
  • Study Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Planning Skills
  • Decision-making Skills

High School (15 to 18)

  • Peer Relationship Skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Time-management
  • Employability Skills
  • Confidence Building

College (19 to 25)

  • Money Management
  • Assertiveness
  • Coping Skills
  • Planning Skills
  • Negotiation Skills

The GAA Competition starts in July in line with the Olympics Games

The first Global Academic Awards competition starts this July. The competition will be held every four years simultaneously with the World’s Sports Summer Olympics Games.

The competition goal is to raise awareness of 204 nation’s education systems during a heightened international news cycle. As the country’s interest level in their nation’s sports achievement brings pride to their country, the GAA wants to capitalize on the excitement.

While representing a country best against other nations, creates artificial success for the nation, having your child being a part of a nation’s education success is real. Giving you the parent, teacher, student, and government real tangible value. The GAA is what the world needs, and our children need.

The international competition uses the same competitive format to pitting nations against nations to measure who is outperforming the other. From early childhood education investment, motivating students and parents to sending their children to school, governments building new schools to modernize their communities, to businesses working with schools to create a higher-skilled workforce, and finally, to developing future national leaders through higher education.

The competition format will include five stages to a championship medal round. With the country scoring the highest points winning the gold medal, the second highest the silver, and the two next highest nations winning the bronze medals.

Here is the bracket breakdown:

Competition Format

Intercontinental Contest- All Countries
Continental Round – 60 Countries
First Round -24 Countries
Second Round – 12 Countries
Semi-Final Round – 6 Countries
Medal Round – 4 Countries

Competition Bracket

In the Intercontinental Round, the top three countries move on to their Continental Round.

The Top three countries from each Continental Round then move on to the First Round, where they will be seeded one to eight:

The Seeds for 2021 are:

  1. Africa
  2. Asia
  3. Europe
  4. North America
  5. South America
  6. Central America
  7. Oceania
  8. Caribbean

Group First Rounds

The four Groups:

1 vs. 8
2 vs. 7
3 vs. 6
4 vs. 5

After the Group First Round

The Top three countries from Group 1 and 8 moves on to the Second Round
The Top three countries from Group 2 and 7 moves on to the Second Round
The Top three countries from Group 3 and 6 moves on to the Second Round
The Top three countries from Group 4 and 5 moves on to the Second Round

The Second Round top three countries from each group then move into the Semi-Final Round.

Then placed in two Groups

Group 1 & 8 and Group 4 & 5 Top Three Countries
Group 2 & 7 and Group 3 & 6 Top Three Countries

The Top three countries from the Semi-final Round two Groups move on to the Medal Round.

The top-rated Country will be the Gold Medal Winner, the second top scoring country will be declared the Silver Medal winner, and the next two top scoring countries will be awarded the Bronze Medal Winner.

THE AWARDS GO TO

As the Olympics Games (or Movement) promotes the use of sports to bind people and countries together. The GAA Competition (or Movement) promotes the use of education to bind people and countries together as well. However, the GAA differs in that everyone everywhere can physically participate and contribute to the success of the Education Movement.

Yes, sports are important, but education is much more valuable. It gives you life, growth, and development. Something that is real.

Went the United Nations started its 15-year initiatives (Millennium Development Goals 2000-2001 and the Sustainable Development Goals 2015 to 2030) to address world problems. Education is a core ingredient to achieve those goals.

As the Olympics Games strive to promote honesty, teamwork, respect, self-belief, passion, and determination as to its mission for success. The GAA mission is to promote transparency, cooperation, sharing resources, community development, pride, and goal setting for life success.

Now it is up to the media, educators, businesses, and governments to support the cause of helping their schools, students, and families. Help motivate our teachers to challenge our children to want more education. And help lead our children to build a world that has no limit. A world that can solve a Rubik’s Cube as picking up a piece of paper on the ground.

A Smarter World. A greater World. The World Top 20 Project.

Data, Data, Data, Is the Answer to the Problem for Decision-Makers

Data, Data, Data, Is the Answer to the Problem for Decision-Makers

All the world problems can be solved, IF. We look at the facts. The core factored that is causing the problem. There would be no guessing. Now that we’ve identified the problem, let’s get to work on resolving it.

Without accurate information or data, whoever is in charge can say it is not my fault. I only did what seemed to be right. You cannot blame me, I only followed the facts.

An easy excuse to not get anything done, you can always blame the messenger.

So the problem grows and grows; now it cannot be fixed. What a shame.

Four Steps to Fixing Your Bad Data

Africa’s education crisis seldom makes media headlines or summit agendas and analysis by the Brookings Center for Universal Education (CUE) explains why this needs to change. With one-in-three children still out of school, progress towards universal primary education has stalled. Meanwhile, learning levels among children who are in school are abysmal. Using a newly developed Learning Barometer, CUE estimates that 61 million African children will reach adolescence lacking even the most basic literacy and numeracy skills. Failure to tackle the learning deficit will deprive a whole generation of opportunities to develop their potential and escape poverty. And it will undermine prospect for dynamic growth with shared prosperity. Read More:

SOURCE: Brookings

The Facts are the Facts. Or are they?

How is data gathered to determine the world’s most pressing issue? Who is in charge of keeping us updated? Is that individual or method the best we can do with what we have?

Data is used to make the majority of economic, social, and environmental predictions. Surveys, censuses, and man-made technologies are being used to collect the data.

As a result, these processes influence all of the world’s most critical decisions. We have confidence in the system, good or poor. Unfortunately, the majority of the information in these systems is outdated. They are three, four, or five years old, respectively.

Therefore, we rely on what can happen, if this happens based on the data we have. Keeping our fingers cross it works.

Better data, better policy making

Governing is about delivery. The challenge of government is to improve the quality of life of citizens. “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” has been a recurrent refrain in quadrennial American presidential campaigns and is a question that is just as relevant in the African political context. To meet this challenge, a government has to come up with a clear and coherent set of ideas—a vision—and use available resources and instruments as efficiently as possible to produce the results that citizens expect. The risk taking involved in articulating and defining a progressive vision for the future is what defines great leadership. Achieving that vision as effectively as possible requires effective risk management—in other words, good governance. Read More:

SOURCE: Mohamed Ibrahim of Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Out of Date

The stock market works like this: buy or sell, buy or sell, buy or sell, buy or sell, buy or sell, buy or sell, buy or sell. You make a purchase based on the future from a trend analysis. Will the federal funds rate rise or fall? What factors will influence this decision? You need accurate data. The best data money can buy.

Nothing and I mean nothing, in the world moves forward without raw, predictable data. Anything you purchase, sell, or own must have a value.

And data determines that value, now and in the future. There can be no guarantee of a predictable outcome without that information. If you live in a glasshouse, you better hope it does not rain rocks.

We must trust the data will lead us to a predictable outcome. However, if the data is incorrect or outdated, everything can go wrong.

That explains why over 130 nation’s education systems are failing, and millions of lives are wrecked year in year out. Blame it on bad data.

The Stock Market Crash of 1929

The financial outcome of the crash was devastating. Between September 1 and November 30, 1929, the stock market lost over one-half its value, dropping from $64 billion to approximately $30 billion. Any effort to stem the tide was, as one historian noted, tantamount to bailing Niagara Falls with a bucket. The crash affected many more than the relatively few Americans who invested in the stock market. While only 10 percent of households had investments, over 90 percent of all banks had invested in the stock market. Many banks failed due to their dwindling cash reserves. This was in part due to the Federal Reserve lowering the limits of cash reserves that banks were traditionally required to hold in their vaults, as well as the fact that many banks invested in the stock market themselves. Eventually, thousands of banks closed their doors after losing all of their assets, leaving their customers penniless. While a few savvy investors got out at the right time and eventually made fortunes buying up discarded stock, those success stories were rare. Housewives who speculated with grocery money, bookkeepers who embezzled company funds hoping to strike it rich and pay the funds back before getting caught, and bankers who used customer deposits to follow speculative trends all lost. While the stock market crash was the trigger, the lack of appropriate economic and banking safeguards, along with a public psyche that pursued wealth and prosperity at all costs, allowed this event to spiral downward into a depression. Read More:

Source: OpenStaxCollege

A Right Way and a Wrong Way

The World Top 20 Project is our solution to solving the data crisis. The project’s goal is to locate, update, and monitor over 200 countries’ educational systems from early childhood to college graduation in 2030. By creating and building a new open-source international database for UN nations.

The World Top 20 Project is part of the UN’s second global movement (The Sustainable Development Goals – SDG) to strengthen human rights, environmental conditions, and economic development in developing countries.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

The 17 SDGs are integrated—that is, they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. Read More:

Source: United Nations Development Programme

The World Top 20 Project was created and designed by NJ MED. An American non-governmental organization that offers market analysis and creative programming design services to local, national, and international educational organizations from early childhood to post-secondary education.

To create the new international education database, the Project works with a volunteer network of high school and college students, their parents, teachers, and educators to collect data from communities, schools, and universities. This database sets five educational goals for each country to follow by 2030 to meet the UN’s SDG education objective of Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

New Sway Style – How we plan to get it done using our approach

Unlike current educational data collection structures, the World Top 20 Project’s volunteer network raises awareness of current educational levels first. It draws attention to the fact that the data is three, four, or five years old, or that no data is usable.

Second, the network seeks to collect information from local schools, school districts, local health agencies, and social service providers. To find the number of school-age children in school or out.

The World Top 20 Project then compiles data from each area of their country, which is then processed into a national database system to determine where gaps in their country’s education system exist.

The World Top 20 Project uses this data and produces three global education competitions to assess each nation’s progress in order to make the data more relevant and give it life.

  1. The Global Academic Awards (GAA)
  2. The World Education Championship (WEC)
  3. The International Tournament of Education Excellence (ITEE)

Each competition uses the data to compare countries, within their continent, then to the levels of other countries across the world.

The third and final step is to use the data to improve their country’s education system and achieve their 2030 objectives. The aim would be to create and expand programs and services in order to:

  • design policy campaigns to reduce gender inequality
  • organize community educational events and parenting programs
  • coordinate fund-raisers to help provide school supplies for students
  • develop new workbooks for teachers
  • increase school breakfast and lunch nutrition programs
  • expand school health care programs for female students
  • link businesses with schools
  • work on improving school infrastructure (clean water and Internet access)
  • set-up community after-school programs with universities
  • create more recreational programs that teach social values

We believe this strategy will impact the world and give hope to the hopeless and raise the status of education data collection.

No more guess work, just fact works.

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As we can see without accurate or up to date information, problems won’t go away. They will waste money, time and energy. There is no replacement for accurate data.

Either we fix the data problem or watch lives continue to drain away.

Its are choice.