“Education is about empowering people to determine their own destiny. That is why the opportunity to be educated is critical to human development, which is about enlarging people’s choices and freedoms.”

Helen Clark
UNDP Administrator
"Education is the key to bridging the gap between what you are and what you have the potential to become. We cannot deny the 58 million children currently not in school this opportunity. By the end of 2015 every child must be in school and learning"

Gordon Brown
UN Special Envoy for Global Education
“Quality Education for All is a fundamental right and an essential tool for conquering poverty, overcoming exclusion, combatting climate change and achieving truly sustainable development. With partnership, political will and wise investments in education first, we can transform individual lives, national economies and our world for the better."

BAN KI-MOON
UN Secretary General
"This Forum stands as a symbol of the international community’s resolve to place education firmly at the heart of the future sustainable development agenda, because it is a fundamental human right and the most powerful force for peace, inclusion and innovation. We have a tremendous responsibility towards young generations to close intolerable gaps in access to school, make education a path to empowerment, and create opportunities for everyone to learn throughout life because this is the only way to be on the right side of change."

IRINA BOKOVA
UNESCO Director-General
©UNHCR
“Education in humanitarian crises is not an optional extra. In the devastating context of global conflict and displacement, education gives hope to refugee children and youth to envision and build a secure future.” -

António Guterres
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
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“Education is the key to a better life for every child and the foundation of every strong society – but far too many children are still being left behind. To realize all our development goals, we need every child in school and learning.”

ANTHONY LAKE
Executive Director, UNICEF
“Education is not only the key to individual success and a social equalizer par excellence, but also the very foundation of a prosperous and growing economy. We owe all children in the developing world the chance to enroll in school and receive a quality education which prepares them to pursue further education and training, to do productive work, to support themselves and their families, and to develop a lifelong thirst for knowledge.”

JIM YONG KIM
President of the World Bank Group
"Education is not just about learning; It is about empowering all people, building peaceful societies and protecting our planet. Our future development agenda starts with education: this is the first step on the road to dignity by 2030"

AMINA J. MOHAMMED
Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Post 2015 Development Planning
“From childhood all the way through adulthood, every girl and every woman has the right to relevant and high-quality education and life-long learning”

PHUMZILE MLAMBO-NGCUKA
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
"The right to education is central to the exercise of all other human rights. Investing in education is the right thing to do, it enables young people to transition into decent work and empowers girls and young women to fulfil their dreams and aspirations for equality. Young people everywhere have the right to quality education, including comprehensive sexuality education. Together we can make it happen!"

BABATUNDE OSOTIMEHIN
UNFPA Executive Director

Exhibition

Many eye catching booths, such as one with comics and Lego towers and another covered with a multi-coloured map of the world bring alive the exhibition at the WEF.

World’s Largest Lesson

Two orange booths raise awareness about the ‘World’s Largest Lesson’, which was founded by Richard Curtis, a renowned UK filmmaker who wants to educate people globally on the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals and on how education is key in achieving these goals.

Mr Curtis’ Foundation, Project Everyone, plans to make an historic and unprecedented effort to communicate the global goals in a meaningful way this September, reaching 7 billion people in 7 days.

“So far 75 countries have signed up to take part in the largest lesson – including many responses from East and West Africa and Central America. Today is the last day to sign up and we would like to meet more delegates and ministers,” Alison Bellwood, Project Everyone, said.

“All the Ministers that have signed up will be asked to communicate with schools in their countries to inform and provide the given teaching resources to teachers on delivering the World’s Largest Lesson to all the classes to educate students on the sustainable development goals,” she continued.

At the booth visitors witness ministers of education and delegates from different countries attaching Lego characters which hold their national flags on the world map to show their commitment to the “World’s Largest Lesson” which was launched at WEF on 19 May.

The initiative is in partnership with UNESCO, UNICEF and the Global Partnership for Education. Lego is also supporting the initiative.

On 25th September 2015, the United Nations will announce the global goals for Sustainable Development which provide the  agenda on how key development issues can be addressed for the next 15 years. Project Everyone plans to roll out the education campaign to inform children and students across the world about the global goals, through the World’s Largest Lesson. With their influence in their countries in their respective countries, ministers of education and delegates can make sure that the initiative has a wide reaching impact.

An animated film, by Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education, illustrating the global goals will be released ahead of the World’s Largest Lesson at the beginning of September. This film will be distributed to teachers for their lessons to educate students on the importance of the new development agenda.

Journeys to Schools

The exhibition, ‘Journeys to School’ shows the situation of students on their way to school, shown in photo essays. The aim of the students is the same no matter where they live - it is to go to school. But not all of the students take an easy route. Some suffer from environmental issues or the scarcity of schools. Others are affected by poverty or have problems commuting because of conflict made by adults. One of the photos shows an African girl having difficulty crossing mountains, forests and even borders to reach school. By capturing the fierce determination reflected on students’ faces, the exhibit shows how people around the world strive to achieve a basic right -the right to be educated.

Draw Disability

“Draw Disability” is the World Education Forum’s Youth Side Event.  It is a global art campaign on issues of disabilities. The illustrations are made by youth from all over the world with the common theme of ‘Disability,’ highlighting the importance of inclusive education to create a non-discriminatory world. The three large cubes are wrapped with individually unique drawings of disability. For instance, a Chinese boy Chang Xu drew an apple which is half red and half green. He is depicting how people with the disability of color-blindness see the apple ‘green’ and others see it ‘red’. Despite such difference, he reiterates that it is the same apple. Each of these vivid drawings is creative, clever, and eye-opening to show how a disability is seen or should be seen by people. The illustrations include descriptions in their respective languages along with English translation. You can also find a small notebook for the audience to write short comments and reviews after enjoying the drawings made by the young people.
 

UN agencies

The exhibition also greets visitors with the work of the six UN co-convening agencies in the grand hall.  Each booth displays the respective role and specific strategy of the agency in realizing Education for All goals.

At the UNESCO booth, there are four main goals of education on display: Quality education, Inclusive education, Equity in education, and Lifelong learning, each with a neat and detailed explanation.

At the UNICEF booth, there are 3D glasses which allow visitors to experience the environment of underprivileged children who have limited access to education. UNICEF plans to distribute affordable technological devices, each costing only a hundred dollars, to carry out strategies where children utilize technology for learning.

The World Bank booth also presents an interesting display that allows visitors to write an encouraging and supportive comment to hang on the wall. The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, made a visit and left a comment saying “BE THE KEY TO ENDING POVERTY BY 2030!”.

Likewise, the UNFPA booth displays a wall covered with hash tags about education.   Visitors are encouraged to take a selfie in front of it and to share it SMS. This process reaches many others who are unaware of the WEF 2015 and its goals and gets them interested in the event and hopefully leads them to engage in an EFA project.
 

Korean Educational Exhibition

If anyone is willing to learn about the Korean educational system, Hall 2 is the right place to satisfy their curiosity. As you enter the enormous hall, you find the Korean exhibition section ready for you on the right side. Ranging from achievements over the past 60 years of Korean Education to intangible cultural heritage of Korea, the aligned exhibition booths offer information on a wide domain of Korean education and culture. Especially, the display on intangible cultural heritage of Korea stops the visitors to have a moment to relish watching great examples: ‘Calligraphy Engraving’, ‘Cotton weaving’ and etc. The pictures of exquisite jade crafts and ornamental building painting are also mesmerizing. What’s more, visitors can explore the cultural sector with a Korean lady wearing “hanbok” – traditional dress, to guide you around the booths dealing with Korean customs and antique furniture.

Co-conveners