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Global Education First Initiative

Initiative´s to improve quality of learning all over the world

The 25th of September marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Global Education First Initiative. Led by Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, the initiative´s goals are to put every child in school, to improve quality of learning and foster global citizenship.

To deliver on the global education promise, the initiative has, among other efforts, tapped into the private sector for a stronger commitment in education.

Despite remarkable progress in education, there are currently 57 million children out of school. And poor quality education is jeopardizing the future of millions of children around the world. According to Mr. Fallon, the first step in addressing the education crisis is to define the problem in the right terms. “We focused a lot on universal basic education, getting every child to school, teacher–pupil ratios…and all of that is vital, but it’s not always as effective as it should be,” he said.

While primary school enrolment rates have risen dramatically over the past 15 years, the actual levels of learning remain low in many countries, the United Nations educational agency today reported, urging a shift from universal access to primary education to access to education ‘plus learning.’ 

As the UN continues its 1,000 days of action towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and a post-2015 agenda, the Task Force developed a series of recommendations to use both existing assessments of learning and new measures to improve the opportunities and outcomes of all children.

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