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 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.
- Learning for All Ministerial Meetings. New York. September 2013
Countries: Afghanistan, Chad, Myanmar, Pakistan, Somalia, Timor-Leste
- Learning for All Ministerial Meetings. Washington DC. April 2013
Countries: Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen.