Classroom in Jordan

In a classroom in Jordan, pupils have a class in psycho-social training in order to help them cope with difficult experiences in war-torn Syria.

Foto: Christopher Herwig

development talks

Failing the 2030 Agenda? The global “learning crisis”

Uppdaterad: 4 december 2017

Date: Monday, 11 December, 2017
Time: 09:00-12:00 (Registration from 08:30)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm

263 million children world-wide lack access to education. 100 million youth around the world have no reading skills, 1 in 7 primary school teachers are not trained, and millions of children and youth continue to be taught in a language they do not speak at home. While global progress on access to primary education has been made, major problems remain for the children and youth who are enrolled in schools. There is no doubt that ‘schooling without learning’ is an immense waste of resources and of human potential.

“The learning crisis” risks widening social gaps and inequalities as opposed to narrowing them. Children and youth who are already challenged by disadvantages such as poverty, conflict, gender inequality and disability reach young adulthood without basic life skills.

At the same time, the financing for education in total aid has fallen for the sixth year in a row, and one in four governments do not meet the agreed education financing targets.

Welcome to the joint Swedish launch of two distinguished reports: The World Development Report Learning to Realize Education’s Promise and UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring report Accountability in Education. The World Bank Group and UNESCO will present and discuss” the learning crises” and the need for improved accountability to equitable education.

The event is organised in association with the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO.


The event is free of charge.

Register here by 8 December, 2017. 


Moderator: Nathalie Besèr

08:30 Registration and coffee

9:00 Opening remarks
Carin Jämtin, Director General, Sida.

09:20 LEARNING To Realize Education’s Promise
Presentation of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2018.
Deon Filmer and Halsey Rogers, Co-Directors World Development Report 2018.

10:05 Accountability in education
Presentation of UNESCO:s Global Education Monitoring report (GEM)18.
Manos Antoninis, Director of Global Education Monitoring Team.


11:00 Taking Education Seriously.
Reflexions on the reports.
Per Molander, PhD, former director of the Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate and author of Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA) report.

11:10 Panel discussion – ways forward to a better education for all

Deon Filmer, Co-Directors World Development Report 2018.
Manos Antoninis, Director of Global Education Monitoring Team.
Paula Engwall, Senior Policy Specialist Education, Sida.
Per Molander,
PhD and advisor.             

12:00 End

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