Education as a human right reaffirmed at Oslo summit

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the Oslo Summit on Education for Development. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Education is essential to a life of dignity for all.

That's according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who was speaking to a global education summit in Oslo, Norway, on Tuesday.

For Mr Ban, the gathering was an opportunity to mobilize political commitment and to reaffirm what he called "the human right to education."

Dianne Penn reports.

The two-day Oslo Summit on Education for Development focused on four themes: girls, emergencies, investments and the quality of education.

Mr Ban said progress on these issues will advance the global campaign for a better future.

"This Oslo Summit is a chance to reaffirm the human right to education. It is an opportunity to mobilize political commitment. And it is our moment to galvanize international support for education as the world prepares to adopt a new set of sustainable development goals to guide the struggle to achieve a life of dignity for all."

The UN chief also welcomed the establishment of a commission on the financing of global education.

It will be led by Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education and former United Kingdom Prime Minister.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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