Global Action Works – and We Need More Of It

A Project Syndicate Series for the Oslo Summit on Education For Development. 


On July 6-7, the Norwegian Government will host the Oslo Summit on Education for Development in collaboration with the UN Special Envoy for Global Education. Building off of the World Education Forum in Incheon, the Summit will promote new solutions for global education in finance and coordination, girls’ education, education in emergencies and raising quality. The outcomes from the Oslo Summit will provide input for the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa on July 13-16 and the UN summit to adopt the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals in September.  Leading up to the Summit, Project Syndicate will publish a series of issues of articles, featured below, entitled, “Global Action Works – and we need more of it,” to highlight the opportunities to advance progress in financing and delivering universal education. Articles by world leaders will also be featured in other major publications.


ErnaBorge No Education, No Development

Erna Solberg, Prime Minister, Norway and Børge Brende, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway

Education is a human right. And, like other human rights, it cannot be taken for granted. Across the world, 59 million children and 65 million adolescents are out of school. More than 120 million children do not complete primary education.

6 July 2015

Sharif Schooling and Social Change in Pakistan

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister, Pakistan

The importance of education – and especially schooling – cannot be overestimated. Not only has the expansion of primary and secondary education been linked to accelerated economic growth, poverty eradication, and improved income equality, but education also appears to be closely associated with social enrichment and inclusion, the upgrading of human capital, increased opportunities, and enhanced freedom and welfare. That is why, as Pakistan’s prime minister, I have placed universal access to education very high on the national agenda.

1 July 2015

Photo Gordon Cropped New Ways to Finance Education

Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom

Norway, under the leadership of Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Foreign Minister Børge Brende, will soon host a summit on education for development with one simple aim: to bolster global cooperation on education. The hope is that the summit, which United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend, will improve the world’s chances of meeting the goal, featured in the upcoming post-2015 development agenda, that every child have access to pre-primary, primary, and secondary education by 2030.  

27 June 2015

Julia Lessons for Oslo

Julia Gillard, Chair, Global Partnership for Education, Former Prime Minister, Australia

World leaders who care passionately about education will soon gather in Oslo for a summit, convened by Norway’s government, to discuss the educational needs of the world’s poorest children. This is a pivotal year, when the world is deciding on the content and financing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will guide development efforts for the next 15 years. And it is becoming a year of high-level focus on education. As it should be.

2 July 2015

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Elias Bou Saab, Minister of Education, Lebanon

When I took charge of Lebanon’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education in February 2014, I was presented with two huge challenges. In addition to improving the management and quality of Lebanon’s public education system, I had to determine how to handle the unprecedented influx of refugees from Syria – around half a million of them children.

6 July 2015

Irina Achieving Education for All

Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO

Leave no person or country behind. This is the ultimate ambition of the sustainable development agenda that will be adopted at the United Nations in September. As the world prepares to rally around a new set of goals to improve lives and protect the planet, we must load the dice. That is why the upcoming Oslo Summit on Education for Development is so important.

3 July 2015

Lake Education in Emergencies

Tony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF

Some time ago, I met a young girl in Jordan’s vast Zaatari refugee camp. Like the tens of thousands of other children there, she and her family had fled the ever-worsening conflict in Syria. I first met her in a makeshift classroom situated in a sea of tents; later, I saw her again, playing with other children on a rough playground.

3 July 2015