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The Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (CREATE) was established in 2005 by a major grant from the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It has worked with lead partner institutions in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, South Africa and the UK and with associates in China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Malawi, Kenya and other low income countries. Over 60 million children in the developing world are not enrolled in primary school and many who are enrolled fail to attend regularly or attain basic skills. Well over 200 million children fail to access a complete cycle of secondary schooling and acquire the higher level thinking skills that it can provide. CREATE’s research aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the reasons why so many children fail to access basic education and achieve critical learning outcomes. CREATE uses an expanded vision for educational development that embraces meaningful learning of knowledge, skill, and attitudes, sustainable educational financing, and equitable access to opportunities to learn. The research explores policy and practice through country papers, community and school based studies, analysis of large scale data sets, analytic reviews, and doctoral research.

Most of what needs to be known to universalise access is known but is often not applied in practice. The most powerful reasons why so many children miss out on realising their right to a basic education lie with uneven commitments of political will to widen access to opportunity, and the inability or unwillingness to mobilise domestic resources and manage public services effectively towards clear goals.

There are no good reasons why all children do not attend and complete basic education successfully. If this does not happen it will be testimony to the failure of one generation of adults to believe in the futures of the next and commit to this goal and mobilise the intellectual and material resources necessary.

The Director of CREATE is Keith M Lewin (University of Sussex profile) at the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, UK.

CREATE researchers at the DFID Research Consortia Conference at the Institute of Education, University of London, November 2010.

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CREATE is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID)