Have Your Say: What Will it Take to Get All Children in School and Learning?

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Since 2000, the world has been striving to reach Millennium Development Goal #2: Achieving Universal Primary Education by 2015. The goal is to help children everywhere, boys and girls alike, complete primary school. Although there has been great progress in the last decade, 61 million children in developing countries do not attend primary school and many more leave school without having learned the basic skills needed for life and work.

World Leaders want to hear from you!
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Today, nearly half of the world’s out-of-school children live in just 8 countries: Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nigeria, Yemen, and South Sudan.  Next week, the ministers of finance and education from these 8 countries will meet individually with leaders from international development organizations including Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General and Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education. They will discuss the specific challenges of each country and concrete steps to accelerate progress toward ensuring that all children can go to school and learn.

On Thursday, April 18, there will be a Learning For All Ministerial Roundtable in which the leaders and ministers will discuss the following four questions:

  1. What will it take to get all children in school and learning?
  2. What are the most serious bottlenecks to getting all children in school and learning?
  3. What are priority actions for governments to achieve learning for all?
  4. What can development partners do to help ensure all children are able to go to school and learn?

Do you have answers to these questions? The leaders want to hear from you! Send your views, ideas, and suggestions on what it takes to get all children into school and learning.

Leave a comment here on the blog and/or post your response on Twitter using hashtag #educationfirst. The best comments will be delivered to the leaders and ministers during the meeting.

See the Learning for All Ministerial page for more information on the meetings, attendees, and how to watch online.


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