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REAL: Research for Equitable Access and Learning

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Education is at the heart of social transformation. It is a fundamental human right and has the potential to reduce poverty, empower women, improve health and drive economic growth.

However, in some of the poorest parts of the world many children and young people are deprived of access to good quality education and denied the chance to learn and fulfill their potential.

The Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre pioneers research into overcoming barriers to education, such as poverty, gender, ethnicity, language and disability, and promotes education as an engine for inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Find out more about the REAL Centre and our key principles.

15 June 2016: Learning from learning assessments to leave no one behind - REAL Centre one-day conference

Donald McIntyre Building, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

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Poster of 15 June REAL Centre one day conference: Learning from learning assessments to leave no one behind

Highlights from the launch of the REAL Centre

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I am absolutely confident that the REAL Centre working with CAMFED will be generating much light to guide the global community as we work to educate every child including every girl.

Julia Gillard, Chair of the Board, Global partnership for Education.

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