Education International (EI) general secretary Fred van Leeuwen is arguing that education should be in “The Global Deal” at the G20 (Group of 20) summit in London on 2 April 2009.
The British government, which is hosting the summit, is proposing “The Global Deal” as a basis for recovery from the worldwide financial and economic crisis. The G20 is a group of 20 economies, comprising 19 countries plus the European Union. Collectively, the G20 economies make up 90 percent of world trade (including EU intra-trade) and two-thirds of the world’s population.
EI is calling for “The Global Deal” to include investment in education and achievement of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, particularly Education for All
The British government’s preparatory paper for the summit is available on the G20 summit website. (URL?) While the paper includes useful comments on the importance of investing in education as part of national stimulus packages, and on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, these two critical items are not included in “The Global Deal”.
EI has written to member organisations in the G20 countries recommending that they raise this matter with their governments. While the G20 brings together only major industrialised and emerging economies, its decisions are likely to affect all countries.