Education First

The UN Special Envoy for Global Education strongly supports the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative and serves as an ex-officio member of the Secretary-General’s Steering Committee for the initiative. Launched at the UN General Assembly in 2012, the Global Education First Initiative is led by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and gathers a broad spectrum of world leaders and advocates who all aspire to use the transformative power of education to build a better future for all.

The Initiative focuses on three priorities:

First, putting every child in school. We need to make all the necessary investments to ensure that every child has equal access to schooling.

Second, improving the quality of learning. Access to education is critical. But it is not enough. We must make sure that people acquire relevant skills to participate successfully in today’s knowledge-based society.

Third, fostering global citizenship. Education is much more than an entry to the job market. It has the power to shape a sustainable future and better world. Education policies should promote peace, mutual respect and environmental care.

To learn more about the Global Education First Initiative and learn about the activities initiated by its partners, please visit: