Educational opportunity for all: overcoming inequality throughout the life course


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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Equitable educational opportunities can help to promote long-lasting, inclusive economic growth and social cohesion. Successful education and skills policies can empower individuals to reach their full potential and enjoy the fruits of their labour, regardless of their circumstances at birth. However, as this report shows, far too many children, students and adults from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds fall behind. In many countries, substantial learning gaps exist between students at opposite ends of the socio-economic scale, and these differences tend to increase in the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Equity; Disadvantaged; Policy; Lifelong learning; Participation

Keywords: Access to education and training; Barrier; Socioeconomic background; Socially disadvantaged; Social inclusion; Employability; Education; Training; Policy implications; Education and training opportunity; Government role

Published: Paris, France: OECD, 2017

Physical description: 132 p.

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ISBN: 9789264287440 (print); 9789264287457 (pdf); 9789264287464 (epub)

ISSN: 2076-9660 (print), 2076-9679 (online)

Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 131.338

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