The final sprint to 2015

In support of the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), a series of events will be taking place from 16 to 18 April 2013, in Washington, D.C., for the final sprint to achieve the global education targets by 2015.

With fewer than 1,000 days to go to the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals and the six Education for All goals, these events will seek to garner stronger momentum and renewed commitments to boost progress and safeguard the gains made so far. 

The week of events will bring together a broad spectrum of GEFI partners, including ministers of education and finance, bilateral and multilateral organizations, civil society, youth organizations, the private sector and academia. These events will culminate in the Learning for All Ministerial on 18 April.

 Learning for All Ministerial, 18 April, Washington, D.C.

Occuring on the margins of the 2013 World Bank - IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C., the Learning for All Ministerial meetings will be co-hosted by the UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Mr. Jim Yong Kim, and UN Special Envoy for Global Education Mr. Gordon Brown. The Ministerial Roundtable will discuss specific challenges and concrete actions needed to ensure that all children have access to school and receive a quality education. It will focus on Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nigeria, Yemen, and South Sudan - that are home to about one-half of the world's out-of-school children. The Learning for All Ministerial will also include country meetings on each of the eight countries.

16 April 2013

Meeting of the Youth Advocacy Group of the Global Education First Initiative. Youth meet with key education partners and prepare for upcoming meetings and speaking engagements.

17 April 2013

9:15am – 12:15pm EDT
The Sprint to the 2015 Development Goals: Reaching the Marginalized with Quality Education and Learning

(Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution)

The Center for Universal Education at Brookings will host a discussion on two of the major roadblocks that are preventing all children from entering and staying in school: the financing gap and the quality gap. With donor aid for education decreasing and the health sector receiving 16 times more financing from the private sector than education, there is an urgent need to make more effective use of existing resources to education and to find new ways of significantly increasing resources available. In addition to resources, the quality of education is holding back progress, and new data shows the growing disparities between and within countries in providing all children equal opportunities to learn and complete their education. Panelists will debate the best ways of addressing both of these important issues. After each discussion, the panelists will take audience questions.

12:30pm – 1:30pm EDT
Youth Global Video Conference

In collaboration with the U.S. Global Campaign for Education, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education will host a video conference between young people in Nigeria and the Youth Advocacy Group for Global Education First Initiative. Washington, D.C. Area students will also be invited to attend the event and share their perspectives about what needs to be done to accelerate progress in education.

18 April 2013

Meeting of the Global Business Coalition for Education

8:00am EDT
Building a Global Brand & Cause Marketing Campaign for Education
10:00am EDT
Adopting a New Financing Model for Business: Investing in Education as a Global Public Good

Accenture and the Center for Universal Education at Brookings will present a draft paper outlining a model for a greater role for the business community in funding education in developing countries. Read more:

11:00am- 12:30pm EDT
Learning and Equity in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

With the 2015 deadline fast approaching, Save the Children, Women Thrive Worldwide, and the Center for Universal Education at Brookings are working collectively and with partners around the world to learn the lessons of the Millennium Development Goals and contribute to the evolution of an ambitious new global development framework. This session provides an opportunity for high-level representatives from multiple arenas to discuss education priorities for the post-2015 framework.

12:00pm – 2:30pm EDT
Gender Equality in Education: Moving from Commitments to Action

Plan International, the UN Girls’ Education Initiative and the Global Partnership for Education are co-convening a side event designed to create a space for a strategic round-table discussion on integration of gender equality within global education processes, with a particular focus on the Learning for All Ministerial.

3:15pm – 4:15pm EDT
High-Level Steering Committee meeting of the Global Education First Initiative

Members of the Steering Committee will take stock of the major developments made since the launch of the Global Education First Initiative, and table actions that they will take, individually and collectively, to make headway on the priorities of the Initiative.

All day long
Learning for All Ministerial (World Bank Group headquarters)

8:00am - 3:00pm EDT
Learning for All Ministerial country meetings

This series of 45-minute meeting will give participants a chance to focus on each of the eight focus countries of the Ministerial.  Each session will be attended by Ministers of finance and education of each country, as well as the key donor agencies, UN agencies, CSOs and private sector representatives in each country.  

4:45pm – 6:15pm EDT
Learning for All Ministerial Roundtable

UN Secretary-General, World Bank President and UN Special Envoy co-host a Roundtable to galvanize action to address bottlenecks in education access and quality in 8 countries with some of the largest numbers of out-of school children worldwide. Live streaming will be available.

6:30pm – 9:00pm EDT
Call to Action – Girl Rising event

This event will be a Call to Action with special guests and a focus on girls’ education and gender equality, followed by a screening of Girl Rising and post-film reception.  Live streaming will be available.

Read more about the Learning for All Ministerial:

19 April 2013

8:00am – 12:00pm EDT
The 1,000-Day Countdown - Delivering to Meet the 2015 Goals
(UN Special Envoy for Global Education)

8:00am EDT
Registration and Check-in, Continental Breakfast served 

8:30am EDT
A Report from Gordon Brown to Civil Society - Reaching the Marginalized in the Final 1,000 Days

8:45am EDT
Session One: From Exploitation to Education: Ending Child Slavery by 2015

One of the most effective means of combatting all forms of child slavery is through education. Our goal is to see the millions of children, who are subjected to various forms of slavery and denied an education, being given the opportunity to go to school and to begin to rehabilitate their lives. We will use this meeting to further build on the ILO-led roadmap and call on a new global commitment through the United Nations to scale up progress towards the 2015 Millennium Development Goals, and set out a three-year strategy towards a plan of action to achieve our education goals.
9:45am EDT
Session Two: From Oppression to Opportunity: Ending Child Marriage

Building upon the international advocacy work led by Girls Not Brides and partner organizations, a road map for how to end child marriage through both international action and national level action will be announced. Other organizations and actors will be called on to support this plan of action. Participating organizations will be called on to make statement of commitment about what they intend to do, or are already doing, to end child marriage.
10:45am EDT
Session Three: A New Deal on Teachers

This session will aim to develop a “new deal on teachers” to help deploy teachers where they are needed by developing a support network and incentive fund, professional development opportunities, teacher-led accountability boards, and harnessing online learning and mobile technology at a large scale. New developments in technology and mobile phones, and by working with organizations like Education International, the Global Partnership for Education, the Global Campaign for Education, and UNESCO, this session will lay out a plan to rapidly scale up teacher incentives and professional development opportunities and ask organizations to commit to taking action prior to the September UN General Assembly.

Reports to the Special Envoy from Civil Society

Civil society will report back on events from the previous week and calls to action. This will include calls to action for girls, youth and financing.

Presentation of the 1 million Signature Petition from Out-of-School Children in Pakistan 

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3:30pm – 4:30pm EDT
Financing Education as a Global Public Good: 1000 Days to 2015 and Beyond

Global Campaign for Education, Global Partnership for Education, Oxfam International, Plan International, and Results are co-sponsoring a side event examining the role of education financing in reaching the global education goals by 2015 and beyond. Inspired by the need to put "financing" back on the map as a critical part of any plan to accelerate progress on the education goals, the event will feed into the results of the Learning for All Ministerial.