UN Chief Calls for More Philanthropic Investments in Education

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits a girls' education project in Egypt in 2007. Ban urges philanthropists to invest more in improving the quality of education around the world. Photo by: Evan Schneider / UN

Philanthropists should invest more in improving the quality of education around the world and helping to ensure that marginalized children have access to it, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

By 2015, nearly 2 million teachers will be required to meet the U.N. Millennium Development Goal on education, Ban said in a speech delivered on his behalf by Vijay Nambiar, his chef de cabinet, at a special event organized by the U.N. Economic and Social Council to better link the philanthropic community with the United Nations.

“All of this requires greater investment. That is where the philanthropic community can play such a critical role,” Ban said.

He identified three ways the philanthropic community can help boost progress toward meeting the MDG on education:

- Making multiyear commitments to efforts that address the cause of the education deficit.- Joining existing partnerships focused on education.- Solving critical bottlenecks such as the monitoring of student and school performance, training of teachers and finding alternative ways to address scarcity in supplies like textbooks.

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