Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has discussed a new model of education for developing countries at a lecture held at RMIT University.
Ms Gillard spoke of plans to get more primary school students in developing countries into school and learning at the private lecture, organised by the Australian Coalition for Education and Development (ACED) and partners, at RMIT's Storey Hall.
Ms Gillard officially assumed the position of Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) - a multilateral organisation that unites developing country and donor country governments, businesses and civil society to improve global access to education and improve its quality - in early March.
"All my life I have been driven by my strong belief that every child should have access to a high quality education," she said.
"And it's imperative that donor nations, developing countries and experts in the education field band together around a single plan and focus resources to help build and strengthen education systems in some of the world's poorest countries."
In addition to the presentation by Ms Gillard, guests also had the opportunity to hear directly from GPE recipients, civil society and the private sector.
Panellists included Hayley McQuire, an Advocate for the Youth Advocacy Group for Global Education First, Susan Hopgood, President of Education International and Federal Secretary of the Australian Education Union and, Tim Diamond, General Manager for the Cotton On Foundation.
Australia is the second largest donor to the Global Partnership.
Civil society groups, including The Global Poverty Project, are asking the Australian Government to increase the nation's contribution to AU$125 million per annum through to 2018.
Professor Ron Wakefield, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor International and Head of the School of Property, Construction and Project Management, welcomed guests to the lecture.
"RMIT aims for education and research to be connected through active partnerships with government, non-governmental organisations and the private sector," Professor Wakefield said.
"This event illustrates two key elements of our vision to be global in action and attitude, where the need to contribute to achieving access and quality education for all is recognised, whether in communities in Asia, in Africa or in Melbourne."
The event linked with key issues explored in RMIT's renewed Master of International Development.
The Master of International Development provides students with a deep understanding of development issues across the world, focusing on vulnerable communities.
The program helps develop specialised skills to help communities, cities and countries adapt to the complex and changing environment in an era of globalisation.
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