Global Education First Initiative


This photo is of refugee children reading and writing in Gaza. Due to the blockade, Gaza suffers from severe fuel and electricity shortages resulting in 12-hour-blackouts each day. The children, undeterred, read by candlelight.Photo Credit: Shareef Sarhan, United States
The Global Education First Initiative aims to put every child in school, to improve the quality of learning, and to foster global citizenship.

Launched in September 2012 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the Initiative affirms the fundamental right to free, quality primary schooling so that every parent can give their child an opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

It has three simple goals:

  • Get all children in school
  • Improve the quality of learning
  • Foster global citizenship.

The Initiative aims to raise the political profile of education, strengthen the global movement to achieve quality education, and generate additional and sufficient funding through sustained advocacy efforts.

GPE and the Global Education First Initiative

The Global Partnership fully supports the Global Education First Initiative as the two organizations share common goals. The GPE CEO sits on the Initiative's High Level Steering Committee. GPE issued this commitment to express its support to the Initiative's goals.


A boy reads. Credit: Eduardo Sánchez, Venezuela

The Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, the World Bank and the Global Partnership have collaborated to organize "Learning for All" Ministerial meetings. These events were aimed at accelerating progress in achieving universal primary education in developing countries, particularly in countries with the largest numbers of out-of-school children. The meetings brought together ministers of education and finance of developing countries, and representatives of development partners, non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations.