United States of America

"The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create. If we want America to lead in the 21st century, nothing is more important than giving everyone the best education possible – from the day they start preschool to the day they start their career." – President Barack Obama

Watch the video message from U.S. Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan


As a Champion Country for the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), the United States puts education at the top of the public agenda, to advance quality education for all as a driver for socio-economic opportunity, peace and security. It joins other governments and partners to promote strategic investment in education, expand the use of educational technologies, and drive initiatives that enhance global citizenship.

Through public-private partnerships, the United States is helping to propel new technologies into classrooms and informal learning settings both domestically and internationally, including through Open Educational Resources (OERs), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Mobile Learning, and Virtual Exchanges.

In response to the UN Secretary-General's "call to action" and as part the United States’ $1 billion bilateral foreign assistance strategy for global education, USAID launched “Room to Learn”, which seeks to increase equitable access to quality education in six countries with high out-of-school populations; Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Nigeria, Pakistan, and South Sudan. 

The United States is also a contributor and Board Member of the Global Partnership for Education and the OECD DAC, actively promoting aid effectiveness in education and playing a role in the monitoring and evaluation process.

Education plays an important role in U.S. foreign policy and global efforts to address socio-economic challenges; with the post-2015 development agenda a focal point for U.S. multilateral engagement. 

Domestically, the U.S. Department of Education’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Through its role as a GEFI Champion Country, the United States seeks to work together with other countries, and share experiences and best practices to make quality education a reality for all children, youth and adults.

Listen to the keynote address made by First Lady Michelle Obama at the Global Education First Initiative's high-level event 'Quality Education for the World We Want'



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