As world leaders descend on New York for the United Nations' General Assembly, Australia's former prime minister and GPE Chair Julia Gillard called on them to focus on preventing future sources of conflict including lacking education in the developing world. Though it is not easy right now to argument about how important it is to educate every child, evidence abounds that higher levels of education tend to be associated with less radicalization and consequently less prospect of terrorism.
The state of global education is a humanitarian emergency. The UN estimates that without a US$1.8 billion increase by 2030 in educational investment worldwide 825 million children and youth will be left behind. On September 20, Malawi President Peter Mutharika, together with the presidents of France, Norway and Senegal, the Education Commission, the Global Partnership for Education, UNESCO, UNICEF and others are convening “Financing the Future: Education 2030,” a high-level meeting to galvanize nations rich and poor to do their part.
Two students from Lowestoft, United Kingdom, joined GPE Chair Julia Gillard alongside Muzoon Almellehan, Syrian refugee and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, to campaign in Westminster for better education for children across the globe.
As part of a joint endeavor with GPE, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics has launched two new surveys to gather information on the financing of large-scale learning assessments in countries and potential sources of technical and financial support from donors and other institutions.
Over 500 delegates from 33 countries gathered in Lusaka for the Forum for Women Educationalists (FAWE) Conference on girls’ education in Africa. The conference explored various issues including the fact that the number of educated women should greatly increase to create an equal playing field with their male counterparts for a better future.