Learning for All Symposium: Investing in a Brighter Future
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Learning for All Symposium: Investing in a Brighter Future

Date: Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET (18:30 – 20:00 GMT or convert time)
Location: Online

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Ensuring all children can go to school and learn is essential to ending extreme poverty and building shared prosperity. Despite significant progress in recent decades in getting children into school, 57 million remain out-of-school and too many children leave school without the knowledge and skills they need to secure good jobs and lead productive lives. How do we solve this global learning crisis? How do we prepare young people for the 21st century marketplace? Please join us for a panel discussion with distinguished ministers of finance and development leaders on how to address learning for all.

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President, World Bank Group
Secretary-General, United Nations
Special Envoy for Global Education, United Nations
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Minister of Economy and Finance, Senegal
Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Education
Minister of Finance, Malawi
Minister for Treasury, Papua New Guinea
Administrator, United States Agency for International Development
News Anchor, PBS (moderator)
Read what others are asking
Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude
Dear Hon. Mr. Ban Ki Moon, and Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Warm Greetings. Education to children and MDG goes hand in hand. Please allow me to be honest on this question. Educating the children requires pro-activism and it can be done with the help of NGO’s, SHO’s, Government and other non-government organizations and motivated honest individuals and technology and procedures and systems to support. It’s our experienced fact that, the little children migrate with their parents, while their work shifts to other cities in many cases in India and Bangladesh, if you take a case of millions of Construction Workers and casual labors. Don't you feel it's the job of Government machinery to keep track and provide education system and procedure for these children, though, its job beyond 10 am to 5 pm office hours? Why couldn't the technology and procedures be developed for these activities? Why can't it be done in deadlines of 10 years or 25 years? Trust me, if it's not done within deadlines, in the year 2100 A.D. we'll be discussing the same things.... Thus, don’t you feel UNO and WB should be Regulatory authority of the world by now to achieve it? Hoping to include this point in your discussion, please, also if required, honestly, I can become part of it. Thanks and Regards. Yours Truly, Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude, (Ph. D. Management), India
Simon Gillett
United Kingdom
Honored Panellists, What's the role of English language education as part of 21st century skills? If these skills rely on communication, is English language training part of the World Bank's Education program? Secondly, what's the role of public private partnerships in education?
Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude
Dear Hon. Mr. Ban Ki Moon, and Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Warm Greetings. I hope bright future is possible, only if investing is done by the people for the people and is of the people, and finally it should be perceived by all that it really goes to every citizen, for every citizen and with the help of every citizen. Don't you think it's time we act on it, and leave a legacy for next generations? Don't you think that by doing this direct democracy will be the norm in future around the world, and will benefit all. Hope you'll touch this point, in your all important discussion. Thanks and Regards. Truly, Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude, India
Kelly Signorelli-Chaplin
What do you think the main communication challenges are to raise awareness of the issue of the lack of education and what do you think the most effective methods are for reaching not only government audiences but also the private sector and general public?
Elina Lehtomäki
How will you, honored panelists motivate the international community and national governments to end extreme exclusion from learning? Recent estimates suggest that 57 million children are still out of school, one third primary school leavers lack basic skills, and 90-95% of children with disabilities do not have access to primary education. Those children and young people with disabilities who attend school, face enormous challenges in learning and participation. According to the Bank reports disability contributes to increased poverty of a whole family and community. Exclusion from learning further reduces the marginal opportunities for survival and social inclusion. Therefore, coordinated efforts to ensure learning and skills for all is urgently needed.
Priya Nagaraj
United States
Dear panelists, I have two main questions. First availability of technology redefines the possibility of making education available to many. How about smart mobile classrooms which go to the children rather than establishing schools and employing teachers? Secondly, the needs of the workplace has different demands on education. Can elementary education be redefined for economically and socially challenged sections of the society so that they don't have to go through the traditional12 plus 4 years of education? Some of these students start late or take many breaks.
Taha Mikati
Dear panelists, one of the main reasons for children's exclusion of education is child labor. The two subjects are highly correlated as parents in need tend to push their children to word and hence skip school. will you be addressing the subject or do you think that it is possible to address education for all eithout addressing child labor?
Mister lawal Abdul
With all respect to education worldwide this is a welcome and impressive initiative.But how do we go by alleviating poverty and helping our young children to be enroll in school especially in underdeveloped country
mary wachira
I'm appealing for my country kenya and also other countries in Africa like Somalia and Sudan.In kenya so many children are at risk of not going to school at all .This is because of huge shoulders that parents will not be affording in coming years.There is a lot of uncontrolled pricing in kenya which if not taken care of by the government there is going to be high level of poverty because people will not afford the high cost of living not forgetting the rate of unemployment in kenya.I'm Hoping th UN will make sure they set up a plan for students in high schools to acquire loans through banks which can be paid later by students themselves not parents.for Sudan and Somalia many children don't even have schools to go to in these war torn countries.which is the easier way to reach them?
Bev Carter
I have seen this first hand myself within a corrupted educational system where children receive a below than acceptable quality of education from teachers who value a comfortable Government pay packet over their role as educator. Where poverty is a factor in children not attending school and also in maintaining attendance, but in some situations lack of engagement could be a factor also. Child marriage is another factor in this region, adult or parental lack of understanding and valuing of education for their children, but as well as poverty being a factor, also discrimination of Caste goes hand in hand here. It is a complex issue. I AM aware that all of the factors I have mentioned are existent both in Nepal and India, particularly in remote regions where people are less educated, live on the land, live in poverty and are segregated by Caste, class or gender related issues.ie safety going to and from school, or indeed even at school, lack of hygiene fascilities, separate toilets for boys and girls. The facets are many. But I would like to gain a deeper understanding of this major area of concern, and methods or solutions that can truly helpin a real world context. Bev 108 Lives Australia
Seyi Agunbiade
Dear Panelists, how can the issue of functionality of education be tacled? How do we make education relevant to everday live? Many people are not in school because education has failed them. It has not resulted in automatic employment nor provide better living. To them, there is no incentive for learning. How do we help people out of poverty through education? Thank you.
Pamela Mate
Good day and thank you. Mother tongue is said to be a vital factor in preparing a child well in their educational career. How can we incorporate our indigenous languages in African schools where these languages are not always taught and how can we capitalize on this since our languages are not used in the international scene like English, French or Spanish?
Aigbokhan President
Beloved Hon. Mr. Ban Ki Moon, Dr. Jim Yong Kim and other panelist, I bring you greetings from Nigeria. Firstly, the statistics from Nigeria on 'out of school children' belie the fact. Those who are out of school are bold to inform any 'busy' body that there are too many persons chasing limited opportunities and the earlier you start the better. My questions: are there micro-finance institutions purely for education?, Are there models to under-play certification? The hearth of this discourse should be how institutions can take ordinary people seriously.We need educationist with the zeal of the missionary. I appreciate this privilege to be part of this discussion. Thanks Washfellowship
Hopolang Selebalo
South Africa
What needs to happen, in the instance where education budgets are not the problem, but rather the quality of education? What factors contribute to positive learning outcomes, other than budget allocations?
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Dear Mr. Ban Ki Moon, and Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Greetings. What is your strategy and what are you planning for engaging youth voice in solving social problems in their community? What is your strategy for adressing those challenges? Thanks. IBANGO KURHIGWA Founder and Director Manager of CREOFAD/RCCOPF www.facebook.com/RCCOPF Twitter: @IBANGOKURHIGWA
Karen Clay
United States
What are the future possibilities of conditional cash transfer programs in developing countries beyond access to schooling? What types of policies could be coupled with conditional cash transfer programs to bolster quality?
Djuma Manirakiza
Hello, I would be very grateful if you could hire me the contacts of those leaders following:Featuring Dr. Jim Yong Kim President, World Bank Group Ban Ki-moon Secretary-General of the United Nations Gordon Brown Special Envoy for Global Education, United Nations Børge Brende Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway Amadou Ba Minister of Economy and Finance, Senegal Alice Albright Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Education Maxwell Mkwezalamba Minister of Finance, Malawi Patrick Pruaitch Minister for Treasury, Papua New Guinea Rajiv Shah Administrator, United States Agency for International Development Judy Woodruff News Anchor, PBS (moderator). I call them to improve my dream Tune in as Millennial leaders call on young people to help make this generation the first in history to end extreme poverty. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Talent-of-Bill-Melinda-Gates-Djuma-Bujumbura-Youth-Center/375624999129320?ref=hl Thanks, Djuma Manirakiza, ideal founder(Bujumbura Youth Center).
what can i do to bring those children in my community who live with their old parents who do not have a means to send them to school to school.NB if poverty is not fought for educational objectives will hardly be met.E.g l hold a master of education and i am working in a privide school on a salary of 200 USD .With this,it is practical hard for me to run my home talkless of sending children in school.So we need poverty to be stamped out