The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity was set up following the Oslo Education Summit on 6th July 2015. Indeed, it was a specific recommendation made in a paper by the Brookings Institution titled Financing Education: Opportunities for Global Action by Liesbet Steer and Katie Smith, which was prepared for and launched at that Summit. The Commission is co-convened by Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, President Peter Mutharika of Malawi, and the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova. The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, serves as the Chair of the Commission, which includes many prominent individuals.
The Global Campaign for Education is a civil society coalition that calls on governments to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality, public education. Operating in over 90 countries and dozens more across our regional and international networks, GCE members include grassroots organisations, teachers’ unions, child rights groups and international NGOs.
GCE shares here the key messages civil society expects to see coming out from the Commission when the report is launched in New York on 18th September 2016. The critical issues that the Commission must address have been outlined here as concisely and as clearly as possible. While the Commission’s report cannot be pre-empted, it is on the basis of these ten broad points that GCE members are encouraged to respond to the Commission’s report.