Education is a human right and a prerequisite for sustainable development

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Julia Gillard, Malala Yousafzai and Alice Albright at the Oslo Summit on Education for Development © GPE/Alexandra Humme

This week at the Education for Development Summit in Oslo, global leaders gathered to affirm their commitment to the ambitious new education agenda and to reaching the 59 million children out of school and improve the quality of learning for those in school. 

Prime Minister Solberg of Norway, Ban Ki-moon, Malala Yousafzai (pictured above with Julia Gillard and Alice Albright), Gordon Brown, and many other Prime Ministers, Ministers of Education and representatives of various international organizations and NGO’s all stressed the importance of education for sustainable development and called attention to the US$39 external financing gap standing in the way of education for all by 2030. 

The principal outcome of the Summit was the establishment of a high-level Commission on the Financing of Global Education Opportunities  chaired by Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Education. The Commission’s objective is to increase financing for education by promoting new partnerships and innovative financing mechanisms

Here is a round-up of news coverage of the Global Partnership for Education at the Summit:

Julia Gillard urges action on lack of schooling for 121m children worldwide - The Guardian

Call for global education emergency fund - BBC news

Interview with the chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education Julia Gillard about global education  - TheNewsMarket

​Former Australian PM urges universal education for sub-Saharan African girls - Xinhua News Agency

2015: A year of decision for global education - Huffington Post

Lessons for Oslo - Project Syndicate


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