05.01.2011 -

UNESCO Director General to address education ministers on “Education for Economic Success” (London, 11 January)

Education World Forum 2011

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO will highlight the centrality of education for economic recovery on 11 January at the 2011 Education World Forum held in London, United Kingdom (UK).

A global summit for ministers of education to debate the challenges facing education, the focus of the 2011 Forum is “Education for Economic Success”.

As a keynote speaker, UNESCO’s Director-General will stress the role of education for achieving economic recovery, sustainable development and reaching all the Millennium Development Goals, especially the health goals. Ms Bokova will also draw attention to the importance of improving educational quality through attention to both skills and values; discuss the role and potential of technology for expanding and improving learning opportunities, and emphasize the need to protect or increase education and aid budgets.

The conference programme (10-12 January) features seminars from education ministers and intellectual leaders with the aim of considering the skills required for economic success in the 21st century. Other keynote speakers include the Director of Education World Bank and the head of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

The Education World Forum attracted over 60 ministers in 2010. It is organised by the UK education sector’s trade association with the support of the UK Departments for Education and Business, Innovation and Skills as well as the UK Foreign Ministry.

Related Links

Conference website


Conference programme (pdf)

The economic crisis and education

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