Education for all

Education is a human right for all children in all parts of the world. But a great deal remains to be done – 58 million children of primary school age and 70 million young people are still out of school.The Government intends to double the amount of support allocated to education for children and young people, and presented in 2014 a white paper describing its ambitions.

Children in a refugee camp for Syrian refugees in Turkey. Credit: Frode O. Andersen, MFA

Education in situations of crisis and conflict

Nearly 27 million of the children who are currently out of school live in areas affected by crisis and conflict, according to Unicef. By assuming an international leadership role, Norway has helped to increase political awareness and provide concrete measures for education in situations of crisis and conflict.

White paper on Education for Development

The way to development is via knowledge generation, information and skills. Education lays the groundwork for individuals’ and societies’ development and is essential for development and growth.


Speech at the launching of the Global Monitoring Report

'Children in crisis and conflict situations should not be deprived of an education. Therefore, we are increasing both our humanitarian aid and long-term development aid for education', Foreign Minister Børge Brende said in his speech at the launching of the Unesco Global Monitoring Report on education in Oslo 27 April 2015.

Education for the future

'If we are to achieve the goals we have to bring in the voice of youth in the discussion on how to build education for the future. I am very much looking forward to your comments and advise on this important topic', said State Secretary Hans Brattskar in his speech at Harvard Graduate School.

Global Education First Initiative

'On behalf of the Government of Norway, I pledge to double our financial support for good-quality education over the next three years. Good-quality education gives children and young people the opportunity to escape poverty and is a building block of sustainable development', Prime Minister Erna Solberg said in her speech in New York.