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Global Education: “The Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time”


Ensuring education for every child represents “the civil rights struggle of our time,” says Gordon Brown, the United Nations special envoy for global education and chair of the Education Commission. Speaking recently on a panel convened by the Center for Global Development, Brown called on governments and the development sector to reform and finance education efforts.


Brown, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said that global spending on education needs to rise from its current level of $1.2 trillion to $3 trillion by 2030 to achieve sustainable development goal 4, which calls for inclusive, equitable and quality education for all children by 2030. To help reach this goal, the Education Commission is proposing the creation of an International Finance Facility for Education to help raise additional funds for education.


To learn more, read this article from or this article from the United Nations News Centre.


Friday, May 19, 2017