Mutharika Calls On World Leaders To Prioritize Education

President Arthur Peter Mutharika has asked his fellow world leaders to put more effort and resources in Education sector in a bid to break the cycle of poverty across the globe.

He was speaking in New York on Sunday when he convened the High Level meeting of the Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunities.

“Our duty is to make sure that the world succeeds in implementing universal education. Our collective spirit cannot falter while we search this great dream of the world. Together, our collective will cannot fail our collective responsibility. And, financing education is a collective responsibility for all,” said the Malawi leader.

The Malawi President was appointed last year as one of the five co-convenors of the Commission.

He specifically advised Third World governments to pull up their efforts as they have lagged behind in delivering good education to respective populations.

“Our governments, our communities, our people will always have competing and urgent priorities. But we cannot have a descent hierarchy of priorities wherever education is less prioritised.

Unless we prioritise investing in education, our developing world will always move in a vicious cycle of poverty. And the vicious cycle of poverty can only be broken by having inclusive and quality education for all.”

President Mutharika also called upon the private sector to take a leading role in investing in Education sector.

“Sometimes, the resources are all around us but they cannot be invested in education because everyone thinks funding education is the responsibility of Government,” he said while asking for effective partnerships from all governmental and non-statal players.

The forum was attended by world leaders that included United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon; Gordon Brown who is Chairperson of   the Commission and United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former Prime Minister of United Kingdom; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway.

Others were Michelle Bachelet, President of the Republic of Chile; Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia;
and Ms. Irina Bukova, Director General for the UNESCO.

High Level meeting of the Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunities was established to explore and invigorate the case for investment in education to bring about a reversal in the current underfunding.

It is mandated to identify means of deploying resources available in more effective, accountable and coordinated ways, and look at a wide range of financing sources, including how to support increased domestic resource mobilization through more strategic and catalytic official development assistance, non-traditional partnerships, innovative finance and the private sector.

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