Representatives of the world’s nine most populous countries recently signed a declaration promising to cooperate more closely to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. The declaration took place at the end of the E-9 Ministerial Meeting, which took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on February 5-7.
The participating countries, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan, are home to more than half of the world’s population, as well as two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults and nearly half of the world’s out-of-school children and youth. The declaration commits the nine countries to cooperate on issues such as out-of-school children, government funding for education and early childhood care and education.
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