“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."

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."

UNESCO Director-General
“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)
“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.”

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.”

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"

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”

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!"

UNFPA Executive Director


The WEF 2015 will provide multiple spaces for discussion and interaction through a combination of plenary and parallel group sessions, thematic debates and side events on issues related to the post-2015 education agenda and its implementation. The first day will include the opening ceremony and stock take of the EFA progress, the second will focus on the post-2015 education agenda and the third on how this agenda will be implemented. In all sessions, time for introductory presentations will be limited, to maximise time for debate.

See detailed programme.

When and where

From 19 to 22 May 2015 at the Songdo Convensia, Incheon, Republic of Korea
Pre-events on 18 and 19 May: 2015 NGO Forum; Side events organised by the Republic of Korea

Opening and closing ceremony 

The opening ceremony will take place in the afternoon of 19 May and the closing ceremony in the evening of 21 May 2015.


The working languages for the plenary sessions and thematic debates are English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Korean. For parallel sessions and side events, interpretation will be arranged in as many languages as possible. 

Drafting group

A drafting group will be established, drawing largely on members of the EFA Steering Committee, and meet throughout the Forum to prepare a Declaration on education post-2015 and to finalize the Framework for Action, based on the discussions in the plenary, thematic debates and parallel group sessions.

Programme overview 

Programme overview