Waning of impact of funding crisis on education

06 Dec 2010

 The leading global summit on education opens tomorrow amidst warnings of the dangers of reducing investment in education as a result of the global financial crisis.

Ministers, academics, teachers, corporations and charities from all over the world are meeting in Doha, Qatar for the second World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE 2010).

Mr Quian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, will tell the conference that it will take an extra $16billion US per year to achieve basic education for all in the world. But, he will warn, total aid on basic education stopped increasing in 2007 for the first time since the turn of the century.

Other speakers will emphasise the need for innovative approaches to spending in education in these challenging times. They will also put the case that investing in education is a way out of the global economic crisis.

I will be chairing the three plenary sessions which, as well as the one on funding, will also cover 'improving education systems' and 'innovative trends'. The conference runs from Tuesday to Thursday.

I will be blogging and tweeting (#WISE2010) as the conference continues. 


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