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Free public education for all – a Nordic utopia?

With unequal access to quality education on the rise due to global school closures, there is an increased need to ensure adequate financing of education systems. The Nordic countries are among the world leaders in education financing and place particular emphasis on public education systems for all children, regardless of their parent's income or status.

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is the largest fund for education globally and focuses on supporting national public education systems. The Nordic countries are among the biggest donors to GPE. When its replenishment (financing) conference takes place in late July 2021 in London, the Nordic countries will play a central role as key donors and partners. At that time, and following the G7 summit, which will also have a focus on education, much attention will be on education systems and how to fund good quality, free public education for all. This Nordic Talk will take place in the days leading up to the replenishment conference and will look at why and how governments should finance free public education after the pandemic.