Education is a powerful driver of development and one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity. When children go to school and learn, they create opportunities, transforming and empowering their lives and their communities.
Although there has been great progress in the last decade, many low-income countries are still off track to meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for education. In developing countries, there is also significant evidence showing that many children and youth leave school without having learned the basic skills needed for life and work.
Learning For All Ministerial Roundtable
Wednesday September 25· 12pm EDT // 4pm GMT
Building on the momentum from the first Learning for All event held in April, the Ministerial, held as part of the 2013 U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York, brought together ministers of finance and education with leaders from development partner organizations to discuss challenges and concrete steps to accelerate progress toward ensuring that all children can go to school and learn. The event, and related bilateral meetings, focused on six Learning for All countries: Afghanistan, Chad, Myanmar, Pakistan, Somalia, and Timor-Leste.
The Ministerial-- held at 12:00 pm ET on Wednesday, Sept. 25 -- was co-chaired by the President of the World Bank Group, with the United Nations Secretary-General and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education. Other participants included Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), and bilateral and multilateral donor agencies.