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The Education Commission pays a visit to Malawi to discuss the Commission’s work and way forward

On the 9-11 November, former President of Tanzania His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete led a mission to Malawi where he met with His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika. The visit was the second pioneer country visit made by the Commission. Kikwete recently visited Uganda, where he met with President Yoweri Museveni. During the visit in Malawi, priorities of the Education Commission were discussed.

President Mutharika is a co-convener of the Education Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunities, together with Ms Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia and the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova. The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, serves as the Chair of the Commission.

In September this year, President Mutharika attended the report launch of the Commission at a high level meeting in New York. Here he stated, “Unless the developing world prioritized investment in education, it would continue to move in a vicious cycle of poverty”.

The phase two priorities of the Commission were discussed during the meetings. Malawi is targeted to become one of the pioneer countries for the work of the Commission in this regard.

Four transformations in education globally, are targeted: 1) system performance, 2) innovation, 3) inclusion and 4) finance. The Commission calls for a “Financing Compact for the Learning Generation” where countries demonstrating domestic prioritisation, reform and investment will be met with additional support from the international community.

President Mutharika confirmed that his government is ready to undertake needed reforms including the preparations of an education transformation plan. He expressed that he is eager to welcome Commission experts to join in this process. He further supported the Commission’s Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) Investment Mechanism recommendations. The purpose is to bring together the regional development banks and the World Bank alongside other donors in a coordinated manner to operate as a strong and effective financing system for education. The mechanism for education would coordinate and harmonise financing instruments and practices, increase MDB financing for education up to 15 % of total lending, and leverage and incentivise additional multilateral financing for education. The Education Commission estimates that establishing such a mechanism could potentially mobilise USD 20 billion or more annually from MDBs for education by 2030 (up from USD 3,5 billion today).

In addition to meeting President Mutharika, Mr. Kikwete met with several ministers including Emmanuel Fabiano, Minister of Education, Science and Technology. He also met a number of development partners, including the Ambassadors of Norway and Germany, and  DfID, USAID, World Bank and UNICEF.

Link to the Education Commission website and article on the Malawi visit:

http://educationcommission.org/news/second-pioneer-country-visit-brings-commission-delegation-malawi/

Link to the Education Commission website:

http://educationcommission.org/

 


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