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Education and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

As the 2015 expiration date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, the goal of achieving universal access to primary education is unlikely to be realized. Worldwide, 61 million children still do not have access to primary school and millions more are in school but not learning basic skills. In response, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a five-year global education initiative, Education First, at the U.N. General Assembly this September, calling on local governments and the international community to prioritize quality education leading up to and following 2015.

On December 5, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings hosted a discussion on the role of education in the post-2015 development agenda. Building on the launch of Education First, the panelists discussed how to reach the remaining children with no access to school, and improve the quality and relevancy of education for all children and youth.

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Keynote Address: Education First and the Post-2015 Agenda


Gordon Brown

Special Envoy for Global Education - United Nations

Former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer - United Kingdom


Panel 1: Education Priorities - How to Meet the MDGs Looking toward Post-2015


Ritu Sharma

Co-Founder and President - Women Thrive Worldwide

Panel 2: 2012 Global Monitoring Report on Youth and Skills


Mary Chandler

Director of Policy and Planning, Corporate Responsibility - Cummins, Inc.


Clare Ignatowski

Senior Advisor for Workforce Development and Youth - U.S. Agency for International Development


Pauline Rose

Director - Education for All Global Monitoring Report

Reception & Announcements on Efforts to Improve the Quality of Education


Lori Heninger

Director - Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)


Dennis Sinyolo

Coordinator, Education and Employment Unit, Education International

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