Raise Your Hand Nordic Midsummer Festival
Raise Your Hand Nordic Midsummer Festival

Nordic countries are global leaders in education and crucial partners of GPE. The virtual Raise Your Hand Nordic Midsummer Festival is a platform for Nordic voices and other champions to put the global learning crisis on the agenda and commit to keeping education financing as a priority as the international community deals with the global economic and social impacts of COVID-19.

The event will feature development ministers, influencers and artists from Nordic countries, foundations, multilateral organizations and youth representatives and is a countdown moment ahead of the Global Education Summit on July 28 and 29.

Date & Time: June 21, 14:00 -15:10 CET | 08:00 - 09:10 ET

Watch a recording of the event

Hosted by:

  • Julia Gillard, Board Chair, Global Partnership for Education

Youth moderators:

  • Cynthia Nafula Nyongesa, GPE youth leader from Kenya
  • Martine Billing, GPE youth leader from Norway

Special musical guests:

  • BATHSHEBA, rapper, Denmark
  • Ida Elina, modern pop-kantele player, singer-songwriter, Finland
  • Moddi, musician, author and activist, Norway
  • Lisa Ajax, singer, and winner of Idol 2014, Sweden


  • Per Olsson Fridh, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden
  • Flemming Møller Mortensen, Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark
  • Wendy Morton, Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), UK
  • Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, Nigeria
  • Ville Skinnari, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Finland
  • Dag Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development, Norway
  • Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships, European Commission

Other distinguished guests:

  • Inger Ashing, Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children International
  • Seth Berkley, Chief Executive Officer, GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance
  • Gabriela Bucher, Chief Executive Officer, OXFAM International
  • Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Jan Egeland, Secretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Suzanne Ehlers, Chief Executive Officer, Malala Fund
  • John Goodwin, Chief Executive Officer, LEGO Foundation
  • Karin Isaksson, Managing Director, Nordic Development Fund
  • Gunvar Kronman, Board Chair, Plan International
  • Mark Malloch-Brown, President, Open Society Foundations
  • Mabel van Oranje, Chair, Girls Not Brides
  • Peter Tabichi, Maths and Physics teacher from Kenya, Global Teacher Prize Winner 2019
Raise Your Hand Nordic Midsummer Festival
Event type: Conferences
Financing 2025
Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden