Tackling Intersecting Inequalities

Tackling Intersecting Inequalities

Transformative education interventions are needed to tackle intersecting inequalities.

Across the TESF network, it was found that inequalities are complex. They are dynamic and are rooted temporally and spatially.

Unequal education systems gloss over the structural nature of inequalities and camouflage the magnitude of the problem. This sustains and reinforces intersecting inequality.

Educational inequality affects every aspect of life and is exacerbated by intersecting factors of poverty, gender, race, caste, class, region, disability and community. Intergenerational transmission of privilege and inequality occurs via all forms of education and learning.

Standardised competency-based curricula undermine and invisibilise knowledge systems that are rooted in diverse social contexts and local communities. This homogenised knowledge alienates and disempowers communities and leads to epistemic violence, exclusion, and poor learning.

The rise of digital learning has created new forms of exclusion as learners’ have limited access to technology and opportunities to learn.

Read our Call to Action and evidence informed recommendations for transformative education that address intersecting inequalities.

This Call to Action is one of six:

  • Climate and Environmental Justice Education
  • Education for Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Education for Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Tackling Intersecting Inequalities
  • Knowledge co-creation for transforming education for sustainable futures
  • Ethical partnerships for collaborative action and learning
Country: India, Rwanda, Somalia/Somaliland, South Africa,
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