When “The Oslo Summit of Education” wrapped up on 7 July, it was with a higher hope of securing the highly needed international funding to achieve the goal of quality education for all. During the Summit, Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg launched the High-level Commission on the Financing of Global Education Opportunities.
Inadequate financing is one of the main reasons why many countries will not achieve the Millennium Development Goal on education. An additional USD 22 billion per year is needed to ensure quality primary education for all by 2030, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
As a former president of Harvard University, Derek Bok, puts it: “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” (the quote is from FM Brende’s opening speech)