The football strand of Class of 2015 has launched 1GOAL: Education for All - an exciting new campaign around the 2010 World Cup to provide Education for All. 1GOAL was successfully launched Wembley Stadium on the 20th August 2009. Visit www.join1goal.org
for more information.
The Class of 2015 is a new joint effort to accelerate progress to getting everyone an education by 2015, and meeting the globally agreed education goals.
Education for All: Class of 2015 was launched in the UN at 2pm on the 25th September 2008.
The Class of 2015 is made up of the Global Campaign for Education, some of the world's leading charities, major multi-national companies, supportive governments, senior education advocates, teacher trade unions through Education International, major faith leaders and other important supporters of EFA including FIFA, the world football federation, Bono and Sir Bob Geldof.
- Kailash Satyarthi,
President of Global Campaign for Education
- Ablavi Agbodjan,
Former Child Labourer from Togo
Former Child Labourer from India
- Gordon Brown,
Prime Minister, UK
- Prime Minister Kevin Rudd,
- President Ernest Bai Koroma,
- José Manuel Barroso,
President of the European Commission
- Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah,
- Robert Zoellick,
World Bank President
- Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg,
Prime Minister, Norway
- His Royal Highness Prince Saud,
- Sam K. Ongeri,
Minister of Education, Kenya
- Soraya Rodriguez,
Vice Minister for Co-operation, Spain
- Rama Yade,
Secretary of State for Human Rights, France
- Sepp Blatter,
President of FIFA
- Farah Karimi,
- Jasmine Whitbread,
Save the Children
- Codou Diaw,
- Kevin Cahill,
- Colm O'Cuanachain,
- Assibi Napoe,
- John Chambers,
- Craig Barrett,
- His Excellency John Sentamu,
Archbishop of York
- Koichiro Matsuura,
- Ann Veneman,
- Desmond Birmingham,
- Richard Samans,
Managing Director, World Economic Foundation
- Gerri Elliott,
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft
- Tim Costello,
CEO World Vision Australia
- Sam Worthington,
- Joanne Carter,
Executive Director, Results
- Archbishop Migliore,
Permanent Observer of the Holy See to
- Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Ahmed al-Sabah,Prime Minister, Kuwait
- H.E. Ernest Bai Koroma,
President of Sierra Leone
- Sir Bob Geoldof,
Class Statement: The Importance of Education for All
In 2000, governments around the world pledged to achieve "Education for All" by 2015. As we reached the half way mark it became clear that this goal was achievable but that much more needed to be done:
- 75 million children are still not enrolled in primary school;
- Over a third of children drop out before completing primary school and many more leave school having failed
- There is a global shortage of teachers: 18 million teachers need to be trained and recruited by 2015;
- Not enough is being done to address hard to reach children, secondary schooling, adult literacy and early childhood education;
- 774 million adults have been denied an education and cannot read and write.
Progressive governments, the private sector, faith-based groups and civil society organisations are all working to address these gaps. By combining our efforts we believe even more could be achieved.
Education is a fundamental right and governments have the prime responsibility for realising it. Those countries that have achieved universal education have all done so through government action. We all committed to doing our part to meet the goals below and called on all governments to be accountable for their promises on education and do their part to meet these goals:
- Ensuring that the $11 billion per year external financing required to get 72 million children into school and improve the quality of education was committed and mobilised in a predictable way. Fully backing the 60 national education plans endorsed through the EFA Fast-Track Initiative including the estimated shortfalls of $1bn in 2008, $1.5bn in 2009 and $2.4 bn in 2010.
- Improving the quality of education by training and recruiting 18 million teachers between now and 2015, so that all children have a chance to learn in a manageable class size (under 40 children per teacher). Encouraging governments to define and measure minimum learning standards, as a key milestone towards improving learning outcomes and wider strategies to guarantee quality education in schools, so that learners go on to develop skills that are needed for employment and contribution to productive economies.
- Reaching all children by developing new strategies to reach hard-to-reach children in conflict, in remote areas, and from groups discriminated against. Expanding educational opportunities at all levels, including investment in early childhood care and development, secondary education and provision of second-chance learning for those who have missed out through non-formal education and adult literacy programmes (a combined external funding need of $5billion per year). Guaranteeing that children have enough to eat to study and develop healthily through the provision of school meals programmes or cash transfers to families.
- Encouraging national governments to dedicate at least 20% of their national budgets to education and to abolish the fees that prevent so many children from going to school. Advocating that governments have strategies to reach the most marginalised children, and that they tackle discrimination towards minorities and other excluded groups.
||A legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be helping get all children into school in Africa.
||Australia's 'Better Education' policy will deliver Aus$500 million up to 2010 to strengthen education systems in Asia and the Pacific. It includes a commitment of $40 million for the Education For All Fast-Track Initiative Catalytic Fund.
||The UK is building on previous commitments with a pledge of £50 million to the FTI Catalytic Fund
||The Kingdom of Saud has committed to spend $500 million on basic education provision. This is the first contribution of its kind from Saudi Arabia.
||The EU Agenda for Action included an ambitious statement on ODA to basic education, proposing that EU countries should collectively contribute €4.3 billion to basic education by 2010
||Following up on their commitment to assist 8 million African children to go to school in the next two years, France will contribute €50 million
||$180 million will go to UNICEF girls' education programme in 2009.s over 2 years. Norway will also contribute $25 million to the Education For All Fast-Track Initiative Catalytic Fund
||The Spanish government will put €180 million into the Education For All Fast-Track Initiative Catalytic Fund over the next three years
||UNESCO has the lead responsibility for co-ordinating the efforts of the five Education For All agencies. UNESCO will continue to do this under the aegis of the Global Action Plan, and will be the driving force behind the Education For All High-Level Group.
||UNICEF IS one of the five convening agencies of the Education for All (EFA). UNICEF's annual expenditure in the area of education has increased steadily from just over US$200 million in 2002 to a projected US$600 million in 2008. Its niche areas of focus include facilitating the right to quality education, eliminating all disparities in education, restoring learning in emergency situations and helping to rebuild education systems in post crisis transition countries.
||The World Bank is projecting a target of $1.5 billion per year for education through the International Development Association, in 2008 and 2009, subject to country needs
|William and Flora Hewlett Foundation:
||Working in a unique partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the program's Quality Education in Developing Countries initiative is making grants to increase competence in reading, math and critical thinking among primary education students in sub-Saharan Africa and India.
||To date Intel has offered free professional development to over 5 and a half million teachers in 40 countries and it is committed to training millions more.
||Microsoft is committing to the continued expansion of our Partners in Learning program, with a particular focus on training for millions of teachers in more than 100 countries. Over the next 5 years, we will focus our teacher training efforts to include basic digital literacy skills, the know-how to integrate technology into teaching, and the capacity to share their knowledge with other educators in the community.
|World Economic Forum:
||WEF will continue to convene the Global Education Alliance, joining forces with Class of 2015 to put education firmly on the agenda for the meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January.
||ActionAid commits to spending $150 million by 2015 on promoting education rights and building civil society coalitions on basic education in at least 40 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
||£5 million matched funding with UK government, for its innovative Schools Choose programme, which will help UK school children understand the barriers faced by children across Africa in getting a good education, with the schools that get involved helping determine which particular work they would like their money to contribute to.
||Commits to working with Oxfam Novib to ensure that untrained teachers in 5 countries in Africa will have the opportunity to upgrade their qualifications and become professional teachers.
||We will work within our coalition and with other campaigns to lobby and campaign for the education MDGs to be met, with a particular focus on holding the G8 accountable for its promises to fully fund the EFA Fast-Track Initiative.
||Get 6 million people in the North and the South to pledge their commitment to Health and Education for All. We will work with the GCE and national education campaigns to activate these people to demand education for all. We also pledge to make Oxfam International's work on education have the maximum impact by investing both in advocating for more and better money for education, and in working with others to hold governments to account in poor countries for how money is spent. We will invest in advocacy, innovation and building partnerships that will deliver education for all people.
|Save The Children:
|| will not stop until we have provided access to a quality education for over 2 million more children. And in the next 2-3 years we will spend at least $150 million to help us achieve this.
We also commit to achieving excellence in our co-leadership of the education cluster, ensuring that emergency education responses are effective, timely and coordinated.
|World Vision International:
||World Vision is committed to achieving education for everyone, starting with early childhood through adult learning. As an organization that works in nearly 100 countries at community level, World Vision sees the significant impact education makes in the lives of individuals, families, communities and nations. We will continue to work with both donors and developing nations to ensure appropriate financing for education so that every child is included in the classroom with a quality education. We are especially concerned with the children excluded from education because of emergencies and conflict, disability, gender, ethnic or linguistic identity, and other factors that marginalize and breed inequality.
|Archbishop of York:
||We commit to speaking on international and national platforms in support of EFA goals through our leaders and representatives.
We commit to continuing to provide quality education for millions of people around the world, through our nurseries, schools, universities and non-formal groups, including adult literacy and development groups. Faith communities are instrumental in national education provision in very many countries across the world
||While parents have the fundamental right and responsibility to educate their children, access to primary and secondary education are vital building blocks in the advancement of society, human rights and social development of all. The Catholic Church and its various affiliated organisations have been at the forefront of education in all corners of the world. Catholic-affiliated school systems are the largest faith-based education network in the world with 120,000 schools and over 1000 universities and colleges.
- Cisco is involved in numerous multi-stakeholder partnerships for education including the Global Education Initiative in Jordan, Egypt and Rajastan. The Global Education Initiative has made significant progress in raising awareness and supporting the implementation of relevant, sustainable education reforms.
- Cisco is engaged in a partnership with bi-lateral donors under the Global Education Alliance launched in Rwanda in support of the Education for All Fast Track Initiative.
- Cisco is proud of its long-standing commitment to the Cisco Networking Academy, an initiative which provided more than two million students around the world with critical information technology and networking skills, and to extending its global reach.
- A legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be helping get all children into school in Africa.
- FIFA is committed around the 2010 FIFA World Cup to raise funds for education and health through the 20 Football for Hope centres, implemented with Street Football World.
- We aim to mobilise support from an estimated 30 million fans watching the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the 20 Football for Hope centres and more widely for the goal of Education for All in Africa.