Education is Norway's top priority: State Secretary Marianne Hagen
Jan 12, Oslot; State Secretary Marianne at the Norwegian launch of The Global Education Monitoring Report 2017/18, stated that the report points to a question that concerns us all: Who is accountable for providing quality education for all?
“The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)4 promises quality education for all children and youth by 2030. By committing to SDG4, the world community agrees that it is completely unacceptable that millions of children are deprived of an education. Not only is it very disturbing that so many children are out of school; it is also a serious problem that so many of those who are in school, are not getting the education they need to master basic skills,” she said.
The Global Education Monitoring Report highlights the fact that it is the responsibility of national governments to provide quality education for all. However, countries that are lagging the farthest behind often do not have the resources they need to deliver education to all. One of the main messages of the report is that accountability mechanisms should take the situation of schools and teachers into proper consideration.
“The SDGs are based on the principle that no one should be left behind. With its strong focus on inclusion and equity, today's report emphasises that this should also be the guiding principle of our work. Unfortunately, we see that the poor and most marginalised parents and children are often unable to make their voices heard, to exercise their rights and to play an active part in society”, she added.
According to her, it will be necessary to build consensus at the national level on what bottlenecks are holding back reform and what measures are needed to achieve progress. Another crucial element is quality learning materials. “We have been working closely with our colleagues in USaid to establish the Global Book Alliance, which will include a Global Digital Library, to make quality books and reading material more widely available to schools and pupils.”
The Global Education Monitoring Report complements and supports the findings of the World Bank report Learning to Realize Education's Promise and the Education Commission's The Learning Generation: Investing in education in a changing world.Both individually and combined, these reports make a strong case for investing in education.
"The Norwegian Government stands ready to contribute. When we came into power more than four years ago, we made education the top priority in Norway's development assistance, and promised that we would double our funding for education. In the period from 2013 to 2017, we delivered on this promise. We also continue our efforts to promote domestic resource mobilisation and donor funding to education", she said.
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