Norway is hosting a global summit on education for development on 6–7 July. The aim of the summit is to boost global efforts in the field of education, with a view to reaching the UN’s new set of development goals. Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende will open the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, together with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. Crown Prince Haakon will attend the opening of the Summit.
Among those invited are heads of government and ministers from 40 countries, heads of international organisations and respected international advocates for the right to education.
The Oslo Summit on Education for Development is aiming to promote innovative partnerships, results-oriented aid and higher levels of national funding for education in developing countries. Apart from resource mobilisation, other important topics to be discussed include girls’ education, education in situations of crisis and conflict, and education quality and learning outcomes.
The Oslo Summit will build on the conclusions of the World Education Forum in Korea in May 2015. The aim is to provide input to the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Ethiopia in July, as well as the subsequent United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda in September.
The Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende will summarise the debates of the Summit and propose a statement, highlighting how domestic resource mobilisation and coordinated results-oriented development aid may help eliminate the unfinished education agenda and meet the future goals.
The Summit will explore deliverables in four areas:
- Investment in education: increased external support and domestic resource mobilisation for education, for efficient and results oriented progress towards universal education.
- Girls’ education: increased and targeted support for enrolment in secondary and higher education, with a particular focus on the links between health and education.
- Education in emergencies: increased and targeted humanitarian and post-crisis support for education, with a particular focus on marginalised groups.
- Quality of learning: increased and targeted support for more and better qualified teachers, improved learning materials, use of innovation and technology, and skills tailored for labour market demands.
- Education is a fundamental right and the basis for progress of any country.
- Global ambitions to eradicate poverty, break the cycle of humanitarian crises and lay foundation for sustainable development cannot be reached without quality education for all.
- Education sector is facing an unfinished agenda. Progress has been hampered by lack of resources and un-coordinated efforts.
- We must invest in education! Need increased external support and domestic resource mobilisation for education, for efficient, equitable and results oriented progress towards universal education.
- Must continue to focus on girls’ education: Despite gains, we still need increased and targeted support for enrolment in secondary and higher education, with a particular focus on the links between health and education
- Education in emergencies is a hot topic, with increased focus on targeted humanitarian and post-crisis support for education, with a particular focus on marginalised groups
- Need to broaden approach beyond numbers: Quality of learning equally important – we need increased and targeted support for more and better qualified teachers, equitable distribution of qualified teachers, improved learning materials, use of innovation and technology, and skills tailored for labour market demands.
- On current trends it will take 100 years before all the poorest girls living in rural areas get an education. No one should accept that! #EduSummitOslo is trying to change the trajectory.
- Political will is needed in order to ensure that all children are taught by qualified and motivated teachers by 2030.
The Oslo Summit is being organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in cooperation with UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.