"We have a responsibility to ensure access to quality education for every child – boy or girl, rich or poor, Education should be a core public service and a fundamental right for everyone. Not only a privilege for a few. The secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative is an excellent platform for governments, organizations and the private sector to work together to ensure that education is put at the heart of the social and political agendas.” - Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Watch the video message from Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt


Denmark plays an important role in advancing education regionally and globally as a major donor country. The country’s education system, which places great emphasis on quality and gender equality, ranks among the highest in the world. 

As a Champion Country, Denmark contributes to promoting GEFI’s objectives and catalysing renewed political and financial support to education by capitalizing on its achievements by sharing successful practices and engaging other partners to renew their commitment to education.

Listen to the remarks made by H.E. Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Former Prime Minister of Denmark, at the Global Education First Initiative's high-level event 'Quality Education for the World We Want'


Denmark focuses on developing innovative solutions to improve the quality of education and learning outcomes. It also has a strong TVET system as well as an impressive lifelong learning system with many of its citizens participating in adult education to improve their knowledge and skills.

It has set a domestic target to reach disadvantaged groups, such as immigrant children, and promote policy dialogue in this area both locally and internationally (e.g. by organizing a national, regional or international forum on migrant education).   

Denmark provides ODA above the UN target of 0.7% of GNI (ODA stood at 0.9% in 2011) with the aim to increase it to 1% of GNI in the coming years. Denmark demonstrates commitment and support to the education of girls and boys around the world by increasing the proportion of ODA allocated to education, especially basic education for the most disadvantaged countries and groups. 

As a contributor and member of Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education and the OECD DAC, Denmark actively promotes aid effectiveness in education as well as playing an active role in the monitoring process.



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