Within the World We Want 2015 framework, UNICEF and UNESCO have launched a global online consultation in December 2012 to ensure that education is effectively addressed as a priority in the post 2015 development agenda.
The consultation aims to bring together youth, civil society, NGOs, academia, governments and the private sector to contribute their experiences and ideas on how to reach better, wider and more equitable access to quality education around the globe. Covering four thematic e-discussions, this global online conversation will run until the end of February 2013.
The Discussion Four on Governance and Financing in Education starts on 10 February and we invite you to participate.
espite increased financial allocations from national governments to education, many of the poorest countries still face major shortfalls in the resources needed to achieve education goals. Even though aid to basic education increased in 2009, it remained unchanged at US$5.8 billion in 2010. It is vital to explore the potential of new sources to fill financing gaps, to increase education’s share of the national budget and to strengthen the way in which aid money is coordinated and spent. When it comes to public sector governance in education, the overall problem is an inefficient and ineffective public service. Lack of funding may be the main problem but without improved governance, increasing funds would probably only add to the level of corruption.
The questions of this global e-discussion are, among others:
- Who should be held accountable for ensuring that children receive a good quality education?
- What are the key challenges in increasing national budget expenditures in education?
- What specific actions can civil society and the media take to effectively lobby their governments for a better governance and financing of education?
How to participate: On the public, open-access discussion forum you are welcome to discuss education-related issues that you think should be a priority in the next development agenda. You are encouraged to post your ideas and thoughts as an individual or a group and share the voices of the people, organizations or communities you represent. You can post your views, comments and recommendations in English or any of the 60 languages that the Google translator on the platform supports.