Published On: Sat, Sep 29th, 2012

United Nations launches Education First initiative

Ban Ki-moon launched Education First initiative on Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York.


Under the plan, the various UN agencies and programmes will “unite” with governments, business leaders and civil society in a push to put education at the top of the global agenda ahead of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals deadline.
Among the challenges to be tackled by the initiative is the global need for two million more teachers, which will require major upscaling of teacher training by universities and colleges in numerous countries.
In its PovertyMatters blog on Thursday, the UK’s Guardian newspaper said Ban’s initiative was “refreshing for its recognition of the role of teachers – drawing attention to the need to create two million new teaching positions, reprioritise training and professional development, and redignify the profession”.
During the event, Ban appointed 10 Education First Champions of the UN’s global education initiative: the heads of state from Australia, Bangladesh, Croatia, Denmark, Guyana, Liberia, Russia, South Africa, Timor Leste and Tunisia.View the original article here

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