Leading voices for inclusive education from the worlds of business, government and civil society convened last week at the seventh installment of the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar.
WISE 2015 focused on the central role that Sustainable Development Goal 4 — inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all — plays in the attainment of most of the other SDGs. Zero poverty, gender equality and reduced inequality, for example, can all be achieved through targeted investments in equitable education.
But significant work is needed to achieve it. More than 124 million children worldwide are currently not in school. And the cost to achieve SDG 4 will involve $39 billion more per year than current investment levels in education, according to the Global Partnership for Education.
The three-day summit was dedicated to addressing the challenge, which included expanding educational opportunities for girls, scaling financing streams from the private sector and convincing governments to support education policies for refugees or migrants fleeing conflict.
Watch the clip above for more highlights from WISE 2015.
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Naki is a reporter for Devex Impact based in Washington, D.C., where he covers the intersection of business and international development. Prior to Devex he was a Latin America reporter for Energy Intelligence covering corporate investments and political risks in the region’s energy sector. His previous assignments abroad have posted him throughout Europe, South America and Australia.
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