Hans Brattskar with the team from Hans Brattskar with the team from "Global Coalition to Protect Education From Attack". Photo: NorwayUN / Mariken B. Harbitz

Norway prepares to take lead in promoting global education

Last updated: 4/29/2014 // The need for a stronger emphasis on global education was the topic for discussion when Deputy Foreign Minister Hans Brattskar visited New York this week.

The official visit followed up on many of the topics discussed between Foreign Minister Børge Brende and United Nations Special Envoy Gordon Brown in Oslo last week. (link)

Education aid is dropping despite the fact that 130 million children and adolescents around the world are currently not attending school.

The Norwegian government wants to be in the forefront of an international push for global education. -We must set a good example by strengthening the Norwegian education aid, in which we have already begun this year by a 15 % increase in the budget, Foreign Minister Brende stated earlier this year.

Brattskar emphasised education as one of the most important areas to put political capital into in his meeting with the organisation “Global Coalition to Protect Education From Attack”. The meeting focused on how education is endangered and hindered in conflict zones and through the use of armed forces.

Brattskar also met with leading academics from NYU and Columbia University as well as several leading organizations in the field of global education, including International Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), Education Development Center, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.


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