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Global Action Week 2010 on ‘Financing Quality Education for All’

Message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the Global Action Week 2010 on ‘Financing Quality Education for All’ (19-25 April 2010)

I call on all UNESCO’s partners – governments, parliamentarians, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, communities, teachers and students – to participate in the 2010 Global Action Week on Education for All. This annual advocacy campaign, organized by the Global Campaign for Education, is taking place this year from 19-25 April under the important theme of financing.

We must address the global challenge of financial support for Education for All. In recent years, many countries have increased their education budgets and international aid for education has risen. Yet we will need an additional US$16 billion to provide basic education for all children, youth and adults by 2015.

We must also ensure that funding for education reaches those on the margins of society who need it most. Too many children, youth and adults are denied an education of quality due to poverty, gender, ethnicity, language, location or disability. Education in countries affected by conflict is particularly vulnerable, undermining prospects for recovery.

On 20 April, millions of children and teachers worldwide took part in “1GOAL: Lesson for All”, the highlight of this year’s Global Action Week. This event emphasized quality public education as a human right and highlighted the financing challenges faced by the international community in providing Education for All. The 1GOAL campaign will extend beyond Global Action Week and gain momentum in the weeks leading up to the FIFA World Cup 2010 final in South Africa in July.

Making education more affordable, bringing learning opportunities closer to those who need them and developing ‘second-chance’ programmes can all help increase access to education. This requires sustained funding. Yet in the context of the global economic and financial crisis, education budgets are coming under increased pressure. We must therefore identify new ways of mobilizing resources for education and of using our existing resources more effectively, including through South-South and triangular North-South-South cooperation.

At this year’s High-Level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals in September and the G-20 Summit in November, I will personally remind participants of the commitments they made at the World Education Forum in Dakar in 2000, when they adopted the six Education for All goals and promised that financing would not be an obstacle to their achievement. Together, we will ensure that our message – that investment in education must be increased – is heard by decision-makers across the world.

Irina Bokova


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