Education: Equity and Learning for All
Looking Beyond 2015
The current Millennium Development Goals have been criticized for having average targets that indirectly encourages countries to provide services and opportunities to the easy to reach (the ‘low hanging fruit’), rather than those most in need in order to reach the difficult set of goals in time. In the discussions leading up to new Millennium Development Goals in 2015, achieving equity and inclusion are key issues which need to be addressed.
Education is both a right and the bedrock of development. It is a prerequisite for democratic citizenship based on informed choices. Virtually all countries that have developed rapidly over the last few decades have had strong education systems. Progress on access to education has been impressive. The number of children out of school has fallen from 108 million to 61 million since 1999. But the trend has stagnated.
Moreover, learning opportunities have not necessarily been equally distributed. Getting children into school is not enough, they must also learn. Millions of children drop out of school or spend years in school without learning basic skills. The most marginalized often have the poorest learning environment and lack of qualified teachers.
Questions to be addressed by our panel are:
• What education challenges need to be at the core of a new development framework?
• How can a new development framework ensure equity and learning for all?
Panel discussion with:
– Mr. Heikki Holmås, Norwegian Minister of International Development
– Professor Kenneth King, University of Edinburgh
Introduction – Mrs. Tove R. Wang (CEO, Save the Children Norway)
Moderator – Mrs. Line Hegna (Head of Communications, Save the Children Norway)
To register to attend this event, please send an e-mail to Irene.email@example.com by November 15.
For all inquiries regarding the event, contact Irene Dotterud (firstname.lastname@example.org). This event is part of a series on the Millennium Development Goals. Read more about it here: http://www.reddbarna.no/nyheter/debattserie-om-nye-tusenaarsmaal