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U.S. Designated a Champion Country in the UN Global Education First Initiative

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 28, 2014


The United States is pleased to announce its designation by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as a UN Global Education First Initiative Champion Country. Launched by the UN Secretary General and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown in 2012, this initiative is an international call to action to raise education to the top of the public agenda by getting every child into school, improving the quality of education, and fostering global citizenship.

As a Champion Country, the United States will serve as a global advocate for strategic investments in education, including better use of technology and innovation to enhance learning and workforce development. The United States has long been a leader in the development of educational technology, most recently demonstrated in the rapid evolution of Open Education Resources, Massive Open Online Courses, and mobile learning platforms.

The Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Education are jointly engaged in supporting this initiative, with efforts including USAID’s Room to Learn project, annual contributions to the multilateral Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Fund, various domestic programs to ensure equal access and educational excellence, and the recently-launched J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Program.

Other UN Global Education First Champion Countries include Australia, Bangladesh, Benin, Brazil, China, Croatia, Denmark, Guyana, South Africa, and Tunisia, with UNESCO serving as the Secretariat.

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