Learning for All Ministerial meetings were held in April 2013 at the World Bank, bringing together ministers of finance and education from a number of countries that collectively are home to half of the world’s out-of-school children and face significant barriers to achieving the education Millennium Development Goals and the goals of Education for All. Together with leaders from global development partner agencies, the Ministerial discussions focused on concrete steps that will accelerate progress toward ensuring that all children can go to school and learn. The April meetings focused on Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nigeria, Yemen, and South Sudan.
From September 23-25, 2013, during the week of the United Nations General Assembly, in collaboration with the Global Partnership for Education, six additional countries participated in ministerial country meetings to promote breakthrough actions in education and rally actors for the final push to 2015. The six partner countries participating in the country meetings included: Afghanistan, Chad, Myanmar, Pakistan, Somalia and Timor-Leste.
The objective of the country meetings is to raise the profile of the Global Education First Initiative priorities at the highest level of government within the countries and engage jointly the education and finance ministers in identifying critical bottlenecks and solutions that could be overcome through accelerated commitment by government and the development partner community.
Specifically, the meeting discussions focused on:
- Reviewing critical bottlenecks to universal basic education, access, and learning in the participating countries;
- Identifying critical actions in order to accelerate progress toward meeting the 2015 goals.
- Agreeing to concrete next steps between countries and development partners to accelerate progress.
Learning for All Ministerial Roundtables were held in April and September co-hosted by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank, and UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Rt. Honourable Gordon Brown. The roundtables convened education, finance, and development ministers alongside heads of state and other development partners to discuss concrete actions to accelerate progress on access and learning and better coordinate the financing and delivery of education.
Leading up to the country meetings in April, a set of in-country meetings provided inputs for country papers from a variety of stakeholders in a process coordinated by the Center for Universal Education at Brookings.
For the September meetings, in-country workshops coordinated by the Global Partnership for Education were held in each of the six countries with the key government officials, UN agencies, non-governmental stakeholders and international development partners.