Korea Hosts 2015 World Education Forum

D-Bo, May 21, 2015, 10:50 a.m.

Global educational leaders pledged Thursday to raise the quality of education and encourage life-long learning the world over as the world's largest education forum closed.  More than 1,500 educators, policymakers and heads of international organizations gathered here for the World Education Forum 2015.

Over the past three days, they discussed how far the world had come toward meeting the Millennium Development Goal of ensuring primary education for all children, set in 2000. The forum culminated in the adoption of the Incheon Declaration, which will be reflected in the United Nations' post-2015 agenda to be announced in September, and guide the U.N. education agency's policy for 195 U.N. member states.

The declaration calls for ensuring at least nine years of education to all children; greater life-long learning opportunities for adults; and the transfer of education know-how and technology to developing countries by 2030.

This is the third forum after ones in Thailand and Senegal in 1990 and 2000, respectively. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and Anthony Lake, director-general of the U.N. Childrens' Fund, were among the prominent figures attending.

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