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Making the Grade: Post-2015 Education in Fragile States

23 May - 24 May 2013, Brussels (DEVCO 2013)

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With 2015 fast approaching, the global discussion is shifting to new targets and goals for education in fragile states. So, what direction is the EU planning to take?

This question and the subject of international education goals and development will soon be the focus of talks and debates in the EU’s capital.

Together, the European Journalism Centre and the European Commission’s DG Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid are organising a two-day seminar in Brussels, 23 – 24 May, 2013 to highlight these issues head-on.

The seminar will put selected journalists from the EU-27 Member States in the same room with government leaders, international organisations, and members of academia who will present new ideas and take part in engaging debates and panel discussions.

Day one of the seminar will be centered around the EU High Level Conference on Education and Development, an event featuring the likes of Androula Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, among many others, including Kristina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, to address the future of education and development.

Journalists will also have the opportunity to attend a press conference with Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, and Member of the UNSG High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, where he will be available to answer the media’s questions.

The second day will allow development experts to debate the issues. The journalists will also hear stories from the field, a chance to learn from both the policy makers, and the people who turn policy into reality.

The organisers will cover travel, accommodation and most meals. For more information, please contact Cara Moore at moore@ejc.net.

Specialised reporters, with a proven track record in publishing articles and producing stories about development and education, will be given priority.

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