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Norwegian PM Solberg meets with GPE chair to boost engagement on education

Chairman of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Julia Gillard and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg met in Oslo to discuss the importance of international engagement for increasing resource allocation to education. At the meeting, Solberg reaffirmed Norway's commitment to education, and its role as an important ambassador, ally, and donor to the GPE. Both women have previously discussed their shared commitment to increasing resources allocated to education at the G20 summit in Hamburg.

The GPE holds a replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal, in February 2018.

Press release - Government of Norway

Norway Education

Education Coalition denounces low levels of French education ODA

In a meeting with French First Lady Brigitte Macron, the Education Coalition – a group of 16 CSOs –criticized the level of French ODA going towards basic education in developing countries. Though education counts for 15% of all French ODA, more than 70% of it is allocated to post-secondary and secondary education, almost all of which is spent on scholarships and other costs of students from developing countries attending French universities. Basic education accounts for only 16% of bilateral assistance to education, corresponding to 2.5% of overall ODA. The Education Coalition called for French ODA to be redirected to priority countries in sub-Saharan African and the Sahel region, and to be focused on basic education, seeing it as more impactful on the educational systems of partner countries.

News report – Euractiv (in French)

France Education

South Korea to provide US$10 million for vocational school in Jordan

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Ministry of Education of Jordan have signed an agreement to establish a vocational school in Zarqa, Jordan. KOICA will provide US$10 million for the project, as well as train the teachers on how to use modern educational equipment and technologies.

Press release – Jordanian government

South Korea Education

Norwegian foreign affairs minister pledges increased focus on education in developing countries

In response to a World Bank report highlighting education, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs,  Ine E. Søreide, has pledged continued focus on improving education in developing states.  However, she also highlighted the need for concerted international effort, particularly around better teacher training. Within its own efforts, Norway will also work to make knowledge more accessible through a global digital library (planned launch in 2018), said Minister Søreide. The World Bank’s World Development Report for 2018 shows that more children are attending school, but not acquiring adequate knowledge, due to, among other factors, poor teaching and poor teacher knowledge.

Press release – Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

News report – Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)

Norway Education

G7 accountability group publishes progress report on investing in education

Under Italian leadership, the Accountability Working Group (AWG) of the G7 has published a report entitled ‘Investing in Education for Mutual Prosperity, Peace and Development’, which examines progress made on commitments from heads of state at the Taormina summit meeting in May 2017. 

The report identifies high-quality education as a key and cross-cutting area of G7 action, which G7 members should "champion now" in order to achieve the SDGs by 2030. It refers to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the new 'Education Cannot Wait' fund for education in emergencies as critical mechanisms to ensure that adequate resources are available to meet the educational needs of 1.5 million children affected by crises over the next two years.

Website - G7

Publication - G7 

Italy Education

World Bank devotes World Development Report 2018 to education

The World Development Report 2018 focuses on poor learning outcomes in developing countries and how to address them. The report, produced annually by the World Bank, is the first to be devoted solely to education. 'LEARNING to Realize Education’s Promise' details three main messages and recommends policy actions to address them:

  • 'Schooling is not the same as learning'.
  • 'Schooling without learning is not just a wasted opportunity, but a great injustice'.
  • 'There is nothing inevitable about low learning in low- and middle-income countries'.

Publication - World Bank

Global Education

Norwegian State Secretary participates in gender, peace, and security conference in Nigeria

State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Laila Bokhari, visited Nigeria to participate in a conference about women, peace, and security from September 24-26, 2017. The conference, co-organized by Nigeria, Norway, UN Women, and UNICEF, focused on how local government powers, the UN, and civil society can cooperate to maximize the impact of women's participation and influence in peace and reconciliation work. Bokhari will also meet with Nigerian authorities and representatives from civil society, and inaugurate Norwegian energy company Statoil's new Nigeria office.

Website  - Norwegian government (in Norwegian) 

Norway Education Global health

EU to commit 8% of humanitarian assistance to education in 2018

The European Union (EU) will commit 8% of its humanitarian budget to education in crisis situations in 2018, announced EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides, during a high-level education event on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The 2018 contribution of over €86 million will support access to formal and non-formal education, as well as access to education for girls. EU support for education in emergencies has accelerated rapidly in recent years, from 1% of its humanitarian budget in 2015 to 6% in 2017, well above the world average of below 3%.

Education in emergency situations has gained more attention in recent years, leading to a new multilateral fund called Education Cannot Wait in 2016.  

Press release – European Commission

EU Education

Norwegian prime minister highlights education at UN General Assembly

In a statement made at the high-level side event on education at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Prime Minister Erna Solberg highlighted three factors Norway considers most important for investing in high-quality education for sustainable growth:

  • national ownership and responsibility for education;
  • inclusive and innovative education, including minorities and the poorest;
  • increased finance for education, bridging the gap between humanitarian assistance and long-term development cooperation.

Solberg further encouraged donors to support the Norwegian co-founded Education Cannot Wait fund, as well as the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

Press release – Norwegian Government

News article - Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)

Global Norway Education

France and Senegal to co-chair GPE Funding Conference in Dakar

President Emmanuel Macron of France and President Macky Sall of Senegal have announced that they will co-chair the upcoming Funding Conference of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The Conference is to be held in Dakar on February 8, 2018, and aims to mobilize US$3.1 billion for the period 2018-2020 in support of the education of 870 million children in 89 developing countries. Macron states that education is one of the most effective measures against fundamentalism, making it a key element in the fight against Islamist terrorism, which is a core priority of French diplomacy.

News article –La Tribune Afrique (in French)

France Education