Mainstreaming Equity in Education

Omoeva, C. (2017)

Equity in this context is defined as a reassessment and redistribution of resources (human, institutional, and financial) in education with the goal of reducing or eliminating systematic inequality in outcomes. In this sense, equity is a path to achieving equality. In the simplest terms, equity is fairness, or equal opportunity to achieve the same outcomes regardless of starting conditions and barriers4. Figure 1 provides a simple illustration of the equity/ equality distinction.