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Year in Review 2017


A Year in Review: the 5 Biggest Challenges the World Top 20 Project Faced in 2017

The World Top 20 Project’s mission is to ensure every child on the planet has an opportunity to reach their full potential, with access to quality education in a safe and nurturing environment.

Each year the World Top 20 Project reviews world events that put children at risk.

Below is a list of 20 events in 2017 that threaten our cause.

Number 5:

Human Sacrifice in South Sudan

What is War Good for? Nothing

The civil war in South Sudan has taken a heavy toll on children and teens. The war began in December 2013 after government troops — known as the Sudan People’s Liberation Army or SPLA.
No one knows how many South Sudanese people have been killed since the outbreak of the civil war.
“South Sudanese children suffer from…violence, displacement, lack of schooling, and forced recruitment by armed groups. Children have also at times been directly targeted by armed forces, often because of their ethnic group,” Jehanne Henry, a senior researcher in Human Rights Watch’s Africa Division, told Teen Vogue.
Here is more information about why Sudanese children and their families have become victims:
Civil war and lack of food wreck children’s education in South Sudan
South Sudan’s civil war creates a new lost generation
Over 1 million refugees from South Sudan now in Uganda

Number 3:

The News Just Keeps Getting Worse from Nigeria

It was reported in 2017, Nigeria has the ‘largest number of children out-of-school’ in the world

Was the report true? The answer is NO. However, Nigeria does have over 8.0 million children out of school.

As the largest country in Africa, Nigeria’s investment in children education is an embarrassment to the continent. The country is a case study of a nation divided. Especially in northern Nigeria where the largest population of the Out-of-School children live. This diminishes their reputation around the world, and reveals their instability as a nation.

With so many of the country’s government and business leaders fail to understand. “No nation can achieve economic prosperity without a sound, inclusive and functional education system. The security and stability of the country, to a large extent, depends on its ability to provide functional education to its citizens,” said the country’s government,
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Adamu Hussaini.

You can find more information about Nigeria’s education system, below:

Does Nigeria have the world’s most girls out-of-school, as activist Malala claimed?
Boko Haram Leaves 3 Million Kids Out of School in N. Nigeria
Poor Investment in Education

Number 4:

Killing the Mind

Practicing Evil Ways

Millions of young students in low and middle-income countries face the prospect of lost opportunity and lower wages in later life because their primary and secondary schools are failing to educate them to succeed in life
About 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, signaling “a learning crisis” that could threaten progress on global development goals, according to UNESCO
Lack of a good education equals lack of a proper job, which results in too much free time for young adults that is often poorly utilized. And for children in undeveloped countries, they are more exposed to gang violence, theft, drug use and child exploitation. Which means, children and adults with a meaningful lack of education are more vulnerable to victimization.
Who benefits from this???
Below are links to more information, on the learning crisis from around the world:
More than half of children and youth worldwide ‘not learning’
World Bank warns of ‘global learning crisis’
World Development Report 2018

Number 2:

The Abuse of Power

Trust Miss Found

We’re here to HELP. To help defend those who cannot defend themselves. The International community formed a special group through the United Nations called UN Peacekeeping. The UN Peacekeeping operates in some of the toughest and most dangerous places in the world, going where others cannot or will not.
The UN’s Peacekeeping mission to protect human life around the world is a godsend. With men and women from over 130 nations serving as Peacekeepers to help countries navigate the difficult path from conflict to peace. And helping prevent conflict, reducing violence and strengthening security in the field where it matters most.
Sometimes a good cause can go bad. And in Haiti it did. Where groups of Peacekeepers from Sri Lanka committed the vilest acts on a people and children. The only punishment they’ve received was to go home. If the UN and its nation members, don’t act on punishing this group of evildoers, it will threaten the credibility of the UN Peacekeepers forever.
Read more related information on the victimization of Haitian children:
More than 100 UN peacekeepers ran a child sex ring in Haiti. None were ever jailed
How traffickers exploit children in Haiti’s orphanages

Number 1:

Profit and Greed Over Life

Child Exploitation

Many of the world’s top company’s are using child labor to help increase profits for their stock value and shareholders pockets. You to maybe also helping to exploit children if you buy any products from these companies – Microsoft, Lenovo, Renault, Vodafone, Huawei, L&F, Tianjin B&M, BYD, Coslight, Shenzhan BAK, ZTE (See the complete list of other companies)

Over 150 million children are victims of cheap labor, and most work long hours for little pay or for no pay as slaves. Most people don’t care. If they don’t see it or know about it, what’s wrong with it.

Everything is wrong with it. Former child labor workers are more likely to have low-paying jobs as adults, which increases the world poverty rate. It also destroys the child. It erases what could have been to endlessness and hopelessness. So again, who cares?

Of course, companies deny, they support child labor. They say, We are helping create jobs in poor countries, through Global Partnerships. That helps raise families out of poverty. They strongly feel, if children are working in these countries. The local manufacturers are responsible for these senseless acts?

Whomever is to blame. Is something you have to decide. We’ve selected Child labor and the forces around it, as the greatest challenge the World Top 20 Project’s mission faced in 2017.

Learn more about child labor:

Child Labour in the Fashion Industry
5 Companies That Still Use Slave Labor

15 Other Major Challenges Children and Countries Faced in 2017:

Rohingya children forced to work, beaten and sexually assaulted – IOM

The downsides to Singapore’s education system: streaming, stress and suicides

What’s Really Keeping Pakistan’s Children Out of School?

Male rape and sexual torture in the Syrian war: ‘It is everywhere’

Child sex abuse live streams rising at ‘alarming rate’ amid surge in ‘cybersex trafficking’


Heavy fighting forces thousands of Ukrainian children out of school

We need compulsory sex education in primary schools to tackle child-on-child abuse

More children in Japan victimized by sexually explicit selfies


School Violence in Morocco and the Need for a True Reform

Africa’s future depends on education

Maria’s smallest victims: In Puerto Rico, children’s mental health a growing concern

High Schools Are Dealing With Repeated Acts Of Racism And Students Are Concerned

For The Venezuelan Opposition, Protests Are ‘Like A War’

Solution: 4 Billion Ways to Save Our Children


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There is no guarantee; every child born will have an opportunity to reach its full potential. Why?

Because the WORLD does not work like that.

Some of us may have a better opportunity than others. To see our children become successful.

Because of where we live, how much money we make, and the support system we have.

However, that is no guarantee; our children will grow up healthy, happy, and self-confident. So many things can happen to prevent our children from becoming successful.

Drugs, alcohol, bullying, sex-abuse, gun violence, and wars.

What Can We Do to Lower the Odds?

The challenges of raising our children in a safe and nurturing environment is becoming harder, day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year.

It seems there is a force out there, whose only mission is to take our children from us. We need to find solutions.

If you have been following us (NJ MED) for over the last 5 years, you know. We deeply believe education is the hope we need, to help cure the world’s problems, and save our children.

We’ve seen how it can change lives, and make our children strong. Successful and turn the odds in our favor against poverty, violence, and hopelessness.

So we are asking, everyone, everywhere to trust us, and believe in one another. Because, without that, our mission to save our children and Educate Every Child on the Planet is nothing without you.

How do We Do It?

To educate every child on the planet, you need access. You have to see them, hear them, and be able to give them the tools they need to become successful.

It’s estimated that there are over 210 countries in the world. Small ones, large ones, those with access to lights, those without, those with roads to those without.

Given those facts. It will be easier to work with those countries that we have easy access too.

We can work with them to address social issues and encourage them towards higher education (something we have already begun – Global rankings of Educational Systems and Universities).

However, gaining access to nations that lack resources or provide human rights to children and their families is not as easy. Because we have to address both social and academic needs. Therefore, making it the most challenging, to get access to and to develop a support system.

Working Together towards a Common Goal

The United Nations and every major international organization have been working to save our children and our planet’s future, since 2000. With two major initiatives – The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

NJ MED joined these initiatives in 2012, and are committed to using all of its resources, to help them accomplish their goals (especially Goal number 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all).

One of our major resources is our staff relationship with World Football.

FIFA, the world’s governing body of football, has 209 member nations. Since 2005, they have joined the international effort to address development in economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Their flagship initiative – Football for Hope – focuses on working with children in education and health. The same common goal, our project (World Top 20 Project) and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Initiative wants to achieve.

With the support of the SDGs members, FIFA members, and universities around the world, we can accomplish the goal to save our children.

Good vs. Greed

Knowing is Half the Battle

Knowing there is a problem and wanting to do something about it. Is just a start.

So where do we start? Where the biggest problem is.

Knowing there are over 260 million children out of school. And nearly one billion adults  illiterate, unemployed and live in poverty because of a lack of education. Means, we have to go where the biggest challenges are – Africa and Asia.  

How do we do that?                                                              

  1. We have to get access to information
  2. We have to update the information
  3. We have to identify problem areas
  4. We have to develop a way to provide resources to address their problem areas
  5. We have to create funding sources to make the effort sustainable.

So, we have to work together to win the war to Save (ALL) Our Children?

IF You have Nothing Better to Do, Why NOT?

Let’s begin with the first step: get access to information. Currently, over half of African and Asian countries database on education is out of date by 4 to 6 years or does not even exist!

So, we have to build a temporary database profile for each country. We need real information from international and national organizations that track population’s sizes and to gather data on each country’s economic and social condition.

We can get this information from our United Nations ECOSOC partners and two Higher Education Initiatives – Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) and Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD).

Once, we establish a communication system to gather data. We need to update the information, by hiring an outsource group to collect information on each country’s education system, and have that information confirmed from three reliable sources.

To complete, the update information process, we will use another outsource group to collect additional educational information, that must also be confirmed by three reliable sources, to establish a real-time educational database of each country.

Let’s Get to Work

After, the education database is created for each country. We need to assess and develop their social and economic profile. That will outline each nation’s strength and weakness in their educational development of their children.

Which will give us a clear idea of the challenges and problem areas in each country’s education system.

From, the lack of early childhood education investment. To the safety, children face in going to school in unstable governments. To countries recovering from natural disasters. We have to know what is and has happened, to better prepare us for the worst.

Our organization, NJ MED, with international education experts, local media outlets, and regional NGOs partners of the SDGs Initiative will help conduct the assessment process.

With this information, we can organize and plan to develop a way to provide resources to address problem areas in each country. From early childhood to post-secondary education.

Counting the Cost

Billions of dollars have been or have been promised, to accomplish the 17 Goals of the Sustainable Development Goals by the year 2030.

We are not counting on that money to fight our battles. We need to develop a system that will invest, monitor, and stimulate growth within each country, city, and village. That is the only way this will work.

It will take time, but, time will work in our favor.

With 4 Billion World Football supporters and more than 3 Billion Internet users, we have a great chance to make history. And Save Our Children.

By the year 2023, you will see and feel the progress that we’ve made. “So Stay Tuned”.

October is College Application Month

College is not for everybody. But, everybody should go.

If college is not for you. You better learn how to do something better than someone else.

I’m not saying if you choose not to go to college. You will not make it in the 21st century.

That would be me lying to you.

What I am trying to share with you. Is college helps you better understand how the world works. It also gives you an opportunity to make a better life for yourself, and to try to reach your full potential.

If that makes sense to you. Let’s discuss college.

Planning is Everything, So Let’s Get to It  

October is the month, most 4- year colleges start accepting applications for their next year’s fall class.

So, if you want the best results to get into college. The sooner you start the process, the easier, it will be.

Let’s start with the process. You need to plan and completing tasks, step-by-step.

So where do you begin?

Answer this question.

Are You Ready For College?

It’s a simple question. Are you ready for college?

Let’s check:

  • Do you meet the admission requirements for college
  • Have you taken the SAT or ACT test
  • How many people say, you have the skills for college (You need Reference letters)
  • Can you explain why you want to go to college (You need to write a College Essay)
  • Do you, or your parents know how to pay for college (You need Money)

It’s a simple question. Are you ready for college?

Your Answer Should Be YES

College is a privilege. It is an opportunity to go where you want to go. To gain the knowledge you need for a life you dream of.

Nevertheless, everyone knows dreams sometimes do not come true.

To give you a better chance of getting to college, and reach your dreams, goals, and aspirations. You need to stop reading this article and go to this link

After you have completed each step, come back to this article

NJ MED Cares

If you get anything from our World Top 20 Project, you will see we want everyone to reach his or her full potential. This is our purpose and our drive, to make a difference in your life.

If college is where you want to go. We have also tried our best to get the information you need to help you become successful, in a Higher Education environment in the 21st century:

In our Higher Education section of our website. We provide you with a list of:

  1. The world’s top colleges;
  2. How they work;
  3. Everyday life on a college campus and graduate school opportunities
  4. How to Become a Global Citizen

Here is a brief sample of each section.

World’s Top 20 Colleges

Our Annual Global Universities Rankings – list the world’s top 20 colleges by measuring the quality of education and training they offer to students 18 to 25 year olds, as well as, how impactful the university’s economic and social efforts have been in promoting their country’s sustainable development.

How Do You Get Into One of these Universities?

Our College Review page gives you a profile of each college:

  • Major Courses they promote
  • Student Population
  • Admission Requirements
  • Tuition Cost
  • Scholarships & Grants Opportunities
  • Graduation Rates
  • Their Graduates Employment Rate

What’s Happening on the World’s Top College Campuses?

Going away from home is a big step into adulthood. So, where you go, should be the best place for you.

If possible, our World College Information Center will give you some information on what is happening on top college campuses from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, the Oceania, North America and South America, and the things you can do, went you get there.

Plus, information about the World’s Top 20 Wealthiest Universities and Top Graduate Schools.              

Be more than a College Student

Attending college is not completely about academics, and getting away from home. Instead, the college experience should also help you build a better view of the world around you.

Our Higher Education Engagement page will provide you with a list of colleges from around the world committed to helping students excel both academically as well as socially. By offering students, volunteer programs, internships, green initiatives and developing research projects towards community sustainability.

Remember a college is a place where you grow and accept new challenges.

Now, are You Ready for College?

If you have not already visited our Lifelong Learning Opportunities section. Which gives you a list of steps, you have to complete, before, you can send out your college application. You really need to.

In this section, it will show you and your parents how to prepare for meeting college admission requirements.

From organizing your high school transcript, passing college entrance test (SAT and ACT), getting the right college reference letters you need, and finding the funding opportunities you may be eligible for.     

With this information, it will help bring you closer to successfully completing your college applications, and help guarantee your future.

Where should you begin?

Now that you have the information for meeting college admission, it is time for you to be proactive.


High School Seniors you need to make sure you complete all college admission requirements. Meet with your high school guidance counselor to help prepare the information for your college application.

You also need to talk with your parents about college tuition. In addition, to getting their information for completing your financial aide applications; submitting for student loan programs; and meeting grants and foundation requirements.    

High School Juniors planning for college next year. You need to meet with your high school guidance counselor to review your high school transcript. Start looking for colleges you would like to attend, based on your career goals.

Retake or take your college entrance test (SAT or ACT). Look for college Scholarships and Grants.  

High School Sophomores planning for college you need to build your high school transcripts. Get extra help in tutoring programs for preparing for college entrance test (SAT or ACT).

You should also start participating in extra high school curriculum activities.

High School Freshman you need to start now, planning on – What do you want to be? Why are you going to high school? And, what will you be doing the next four years before you become an adult?

College maybe the next step, if you want to be all you can be. An extra four-year or two years of education will help you not hurt you.

So, you need, to take the right high school courses. Meet with your high school guidance counselor, find out where you can get help in subjects, you need help in. And finally, develop a mindset you need high school to help you get where you want to go in life.

 Thanks but No Thanks: I Don’t Think College is for Me

After, all the information, we have prepared to help you successfully enroll in college. College still might not be for you.

More schooling Nah.

You are ready to get a job, get your own apartment, buy a car or start your own family. That’s Ok.

However, more education will help you develop more socially and increase your opportunity to earn higher wages, to support you or a family.

If that sounds good to you. What are you waiting for, send out those college applications.

2017 World Best Education Systems – 1st Quarter Report

The World Top 20 Education Poll and How it Affects You

UPDATE: The World Top 20 Education Poll 2017 Final Poll Results 

I see you: The all seeing eye of the World Top 20 Education Poll

NJ MED published its first Annual Education Poll in 2013, to rank 209 nations education systems. The poll’s purpose is to gather information on how countries are preparing their youths for the 21st century global knowledge base economy.

With this information, it would be very easy to see which countries are committed to making the world a better place. And more importantly, to safeguard the lives of every person living.

Unfortunately, over half of the countries on the planet, do not have educational data available. Most of the information on education, they do have is two to three years old, or even worse five to ten years old.

If it does not exist, No One will Know the Truth

Only 85 countries out 209, educational information is up to date.

If you have been following this 8 –part series. You will see the countries with the highest number of children out of school; also have the highest illiterate adult rates; that leads to the highest unemployment rates, that leads to the largest population living in poverty.

What do these countries have in common? These countries are not committed to educate their children.

Let’s Make It Easy for Them   

To simplify the process, NJ MED created its ranking system to recognize the countries that are doing a great job to prepare their population for life.

So quarterly, they rate the top 20 countries. By measuring early-childhood enrollment rates; test scores in math, science and reading for lower and upper primary students; and high school and college graduation rates.

Each year, the ranking system starts off by projecting, which 20 countries will rank, as the best education systems for the close of the year (December 31). Follow by an International Survey of students, teachers, parents, educators, and local taxpayers (from May to July), for its second quarter ranking poll.

In September, the poll uses the latest international test scores and graduation rates to rank the top 20 countries, for its third quarter ranking poll.

In December, it closes out the yearly top 20 ranking system, by contacting each nation’s education department to up date the information and confirm the data it used in September is accurate.

The Data System 

The information used to compile the rankings, is data that comes from six international educational monitoring organizations.

These organizations include – the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (UNESOC), The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Study (PIRLS).

NJ MED then sends the information it has complied to each country Ministry of Education Department to assure the data is accurate, and get their comments and approval. If the country states their results, were not accurate, NJ MED honors their request and graded them accordingly, with the new source of data they provided. However, if a country does not respond, NJ MED assumes the poll’s information is correct.

What’s Next?

Finding solutions to problems is the next stage in the World Top 20 Poll process. Each year, NJ MED grades countries progress in improvement in one of its five developmental educational stages.  

Next year (2018), NJ MED will release its five-year report. That will make recommendations on what areas are in need of improvement and suggestions on what type of support can help solve each nations problems.

The Report’s recommendations and suggestions will come from a panel of international educational leaders from each of the World Top 20 Poll’s five developmental levels (3 to 4, 5 to 10, 11 to 14, 15 to 18, and 18 to 25).

The purpose of this report is to support the initiatives of the 17 Global Goals and 169 target indicators of the Sustainable Development Movement.

Until Then

Starting next month (May 1st to June 30th), it’s your turn to express, what you would do if you where in charge of your country’s education system.

By participating in the 3rd annual International Survey on How Would You Improve Your Country’s Education System? 

Those results will be published in July’s 2017 Global Education Report. Until then, please check out the World’s Top 20 Polls 1st Quarter Report below: 

(First –Quarter Rankings of the World’s Best Education System and their Power Ranking Score)

  1. Finland

Finland has held the unofficial title as the country with the world’s best education system, since 2000.  After, adding five new key indicators to our educational ranking system, Finland is projected to take the official title in 2017. By outperforming, Japan and the three time winner of our ranking system, South Korea. Finland ranked higher in 3 of the new indicators – Secondary children in school, and teachers to student ratio for both Primary and Secondary schools. Power Ranking Score of 114

Related Content: World Top 20  

  1. Japan

Second place finishers for the last three years in the World Top 20 Education Poll. Japan is projected to finish second for the fourth year in a row. Japan education system continues to be rated has one of the best. With its excellent development of students between the ages of 5 to 14.  Power Ranking Score of 104

  1. South Korea

South Korea, the three-time winner of the World Top 20 Education Poll ranking system, is projected to finish third in 2017.  South Korea only performed well in the completion rate of students 5 to 14, in the five new indicators. However, it should be noted, South Korea, for the last three years were projected, to finish second or third, but after the annual fall test scores and graduation rates of high school and college students, they finish first in the annual poll. Power Ranking Score of 101

Related Content: Last Year Poll

  1. Denmark

Denmark perhaps the most underappreciated country in the world, is again among the elite in educational development. Finishing last year number 8 in the World Top 20 Education Poll, Denmark rated in all five of the new indicators. Finishing 5th in Secondary age students in school, and 7th and 9th for teachers to student ratios for Primary and Secondary schools. Power Ranking Score of 94

  1. Russia

After, finishing its highest ever in the World Top 20 Education Poll – number 3. Russia remains one of Europe’s top countries in preparing its students for the workforce.  Their student to teacher ratio for students 14 to 18 (one teacher for every ninth student), is the 3rd highest ranked in the world. Making Russia a clear favor to finish in the top 5, for the third year in a row. Power Ranking Score of 91

  1. Norway

Norway finished 2016 ranked number 16, but has moved up 10 spots in the first quarter rankings for 2017. Norway’s teacher to student ratio for Primary age students is second in the world (one teacher for every students), and ranks fifth in the world for Secondary students (one teacher for every ten students). Like most countries, their international test score results will determine how high they finish in the final poll in December. Power Ranking Score of 82

  1. United Kingdom

Dropping one spot from last year’s final rankings, the UK teacher’s issues is starting to affect their international rankings. For over the last four-years, the country’s teachers have been fighting for better wages, more classroom support, and the need to recruit more teachers. If this problem continues, the UK may fall out of the top 10 for the first time. Power Ranking Score of 78

Related Content: UK Teacher Shortage  

  1. Israel

Israel remains formidable in the international circles, has its country’s educational system for early-childhood development has risen to number two in the world. And their improvement in Primary education completion rates and in school enrollment rates are among the highest in the world. It’s not impossible for Israel to finish in the Top 5 at the end of the year. Power Ranking Score of 77

  1. Sweden

Sweden progress over the last three years has been impressive. Keeping pace with its other Nordic mates (Finland, Denmark and Norway), Sweden’s enrollment of Secondary age students (15 to 18) is third in the world. While their completion rates for Primary age students (five to 13) ranks sixth. If they hope to improve on their last year finale ranking of 18, their Secondary student’s high school graduation rates (69%) have to reach higher levels. Power Ranking Score of 75

  1. Hong Kong

Hong Kong has the world’s highest enrollment rate for Primary age students. Finishing 14th in last year’s Top 20 rankings, if the country ever wants to finish in the Top 10, it has to improve its early-childhood education enrollment. However, with its current success in Primary age student’s test scores and enrollment completion rates that seems highly unlikely. Power Ranking Score of 70

  1. Netherlands

The number ten ranked country in last year’s World Top 20 Poll, Netherlands drops one spot to number 11 in this year’s pre-poll selection. A mainstay in the annual rankings, the Netherlands Primary and especially Secondary in school student rankings keeps them relevant as we start the year. If their international test scores in Math, Science and Reading can improve for both these age groups, the Netherlands should end the year above their last year’s rankings. Power Ranking Score of 67

  1. Belgium

Belgium may have the world’s most complex education system. Their system consists of three different communities – Flemish, German, and French-speaking. Yet, they rank 9th and 4th in teacher to student ratio for Primary and Secondary grades, and 5th and the first for in school student enrollment for Primary and Secondary age students. Pair that with them having the world’s third highest early-childhood enrollment rates (98%), there is no way, they should not be ranked in the top 20 at the end of the year. Power Ranking Score of 65  

  1. Germany

Germany a world power in economic and social justice. Faces another year of trying to break back into the World’s Top 10, in education development. After finishing out of the Top 10, for the last two years, Germany has another major challenge in making it to a Top 10 finish in 2017. Power Ranking Score of 63

  1. China

China, unlike Germany, finished 2016 in the Top 10 (number 9). However, they have a tough challenge in repeating that accomplishment in 2017. Their major obstacle will be to improve, their early childhood enrollment rates. Every year, this has preventing them from making a top five finish. Let us hope they invest more in every child. Power Ranking Score of 62

Related Content: China Early Childhood Policy  

  1. Singapore

Singapore is the world’s best test taking country. Year in, Year out, their Primary and Secondary international test scores in Math, Science and Reading are among the highest, and was the best in 2016. Yet, the number of Primary and Secondary children in school is not impressive. They failed to rank in the top 20 in both areas. This is where their country’s lack of investment in education for every child makes them vulnerable in their economic and social growth. It will also be interesting to see, if this year, they will make a Top 5 finish, with the Poll’s five new educational indicators. Power Ranking Score of 57

  1. Portugal

Portugal is always between. Good, Average or Below Average. In last year’s preselection poll, they we’re projected to finish in the top 20, however, they did not qualify. This year, they are projected to finish 16th. Which would be, their highest ranking ever. With the world’s second highest number of Primary, age children in school, and the sixth best teacher to student ratio for Secondary school. Portugal has their best chance, since 2015 to make the final 20 rankings. Power Ranking Score of 54

  1. Hungary

Hungary’s education system was ranked 20th in the world’s last year. With the 5th highest teacher to student ratio for Secondary age school, they’re chances to finish higher this year is almost guaranteed. The only drawback is they have a very low higher education graduation rate (32%). Power Ranking Score of 52

  1. Estonia

Estonia is the 8th country from Northern Europe to make the rankings. Just missing out of last year’s top 20. Their country has the world’s highest Primary age completion rate for students. With an opportunity to improve this year, will depend on how well their international test score is for those Primary age students has they enter Secondary education. Power Ranking Score of 50

  1. France

France had the highest early childhood enrollment rate in last year’s poll, which increases their chances to finish in the top 20 again. More interesting is the fact, France has the world’s 4th highest number of Primary age students in school. If the new Government Leadership continues to invest in their education system, France can be a Top 10 country in education by 2020. Power Ranking Score of 50

  1. United States

Can you see a shake-up is coming? No doubt, the United States Government is in a transition stage. The US finished a surprising 7th in last year’s rankings. The best since the 70s. However, early indicators seem to suggest the US, will be reorganizing itself, towards more public school funding towards charter schools and breaking up teachers unions. Next year this time, we will know those results. Power Ranking Score of 47

See the complete poll HERE

NJ MED Mission

NJ MED accepts the challenge to change the World

The war on poverty and injustices has been going on since man decided to kill a man. Here we are in the 21st century. And poverty is still here and man is still killing a man.

It’s like cancer, it grows and grows and spreads throughout the body. Stopping vital organs, killing the brain and then putting the heart to sleep forever. 

I don’t know about you? But, we don’t want to leave this planet, without curing the cancer of poverty.

Who is NJ MED and Why they Matter

NJ MED (New Jersey Minority Educational Development) is a non-governmental organization in the United States. The organization’s founder and CEO, Albert N. Mitchell II, started the organization after community leaders in the Poorest and Most Dangerous Cities in America (Camden, New Jersey), asked him to stop the violence and help lead them out of poverty, in 1994.

 In 1995, with a $10,000 state grant, and developing partnerships with the local University (Rutgers-Camden), the business community, and the failing school district. NJ MED developed a project (the 100% Graduation Rate Program) that increased high school graduation rates by 49%, youth employment by over 80%, and reduce crime by 91% for males 16-24, from 1996 to 2006.

Since, the 100% Graduation Rate Program, ended in 2006. The City of Camden fell back into one of America’s Greatest Tragedies. Poverty and the Crime Rate returned; because, the City’s leaders failed to follow the example NJ MED established, in targeting the highest at-risk population (male youths). Instead, they decided to reduce programs targeting that population, and increase law enforcement, and focus on privatizing the school system.

Lesson learned!

The Invisible Walls

The experience NJ MED gained in the City of Camden, in the United States; is the people living in poverty and committing crimes, are part of the problem. However, they are other factors, which are benefiting from these problems. Who are they? Why are they doing this?  We guess it’s human nature, just like, went man decided to kill fellow man.   

NJ MED, nevertheless, has shown; they focus on getting results. NJ MED builds, and they teach people the How To. Their strength is in the people they work with. Their motto “It’s together we win, together we grow, and we focus on the will.”

So, NJ MED has focused on the will and the willingness of the people that care about others. No invisible walls or evil thoughts of man; they’ve learned is greater than the will of an united people.

That’s why they feel they’re ready to help and accept international challenges and get results. No more surprises.

Do You Love Your Country?

In 2012, NJ MED launched its first international program – the World Top 20 Project. The Project’s mission is to ensure Every Child on the Planet has an opportunity to reach their full potential.

The project is part of NJ MED’s initiative America First or Last Movement, to improve nation’s national educational systems. Similar to how sports, uses a national team concept to gather support and promote togetherness for their country.

However, unlike sports, this approach has real consequences and affects everyone in their country. And everyone is a player on their national team.

To get people to care, NJ MED started a ranking system of 209 nation’s education systems. The ranking system gathers information on five levels of educational development. You can read more here.

By focusing on education, grassroots movements can be started at local levels to monitor how their children are developing into adulthood, and what type of services are needed, to ensure they have an opportunity to become a positive contributor to their local, state and national workforces and economies.

Next Week

We will show you how NJ MED’s ranking systems help’s your country improve its education system. In addition, to how they plan to use their ranking system to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Movement.