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Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

Lifelong learning for
a fairer Australia

Forum: The Financing Gap and the Challenges of achieving the goals for Women and Girls’ Education

Presenter: Panel discussion
When: 9 August 2017 @ 5:00 pm (AEST)
Duration: 1.5 hrs
Cost: Free event


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) give us the framework to deal with global issues such as poverty, equitable access to education and social injustice. Goal number 5 addresses gender equality. Equal access to education that is blind to gender and social disadvantage has been identified as a priority for governments globally.

At the recent G20 meeting, Julia Gillard, GPE Chair, observed that “education financing is down”. This is alarming when 61 million girls continue to miss out on primary and lower-secondary school and 758 million adults lack any literacy skills; two-thirds of whom are women. If education is to contribute to addressing the urgent issues of poverty, conflict and climate change – what can be done to mobilise the will and resources needed to ensure the right of every person access to high quality affordable education and training ?

Join us in a conversation that examines the causes and explores possible ways forward.


  • Ms Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
  • Representatives, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and EU Delegation  (TBC)
  • Ms. Susan Hopgood, President, Education International


RMIT City Campus
Council Chamber, RMIT building 1, level 2(R)
124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Co-organised by:

Adult Learning Australia (ALA), Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE). Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), Pascal’s Friends Association (PIMA) and the Australian Coalition for Education and Development (ACED).

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