Education is a fundamental human right, yet only 70 per cent of children worldwide are in school. How can we bridge this gap to reach the goal of free quality education for all by 2030? The Nordic countries have a lot of experience when it comes to providing free quality education for their own populations, as well as supporting education in other low- and middle-income countries. In this episode, we look at how education is key to shaping our future and why education should take priority on political agendas worldwide.
This episode comes from an online Nordic Talks event, arranged by the Danish development NGO Oxfam IBIS and the Norwegian Embassy in Ethiopia.
“Even a few years of quality education matters – it means more for development than almost anything else.”
Bård Vegar Solhjell, Director-General of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad)
This podcast episode features the following speakers
Bård Vegar Solhjell (Norway)
Bård Vegar Solhjell is Director-General of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). He previously served as Secretary-General of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Norway. Bård is a former member of parliament and was Norway's Minister of Education from 2007 to 2009 and Minister for Environment from 2012 to 2013.
Gabriela Bucher (Colombia)
Gabriela Bucher is Executive Director of Oxfam International, a global network of NGOs working to fight the injustices that cause poverty. She is an experienced leader in the field of gender equality and human rights. Before taking her current role in November 2020, Gabriela was Chief Operating Officer at Plan International, a development organization focused on children's rights. She spent over a decade leading Plan's affiliate member in Colombia, working alongside children and communities affected by the country’s decades-long armed conflict and contributing to the peace process.