Julia Gillard is the former Prime Minister of Australia, Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, and Distinguished Fellow with the Center for Universal Education at Brookings. Her action-orientated advocacy galvanizes governments and resources behind the global imperative of providing access to quality education for the most marginalized children in the world, the majority of which are girls. Julia is leading concrete plans through the Global Partnership for Education, the learning metrics and program scaling work at Brookings, and the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunities. The Commission was set up as a practical response to the United Nations’ announcement of the new Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 global targets designed to eradicate extreme poverty, fight inequality, and protect our planet - none of which can be achieved without major investment in education.
Of Camfed’s model she says, “Camfed has been educating girls in sub-Saharan Africa for over 23 years, and I’m a huge fan of their model. Together with their vision for urgency and action in girls’ education, Camfed possesses the infrastructure, processes and partnerships to deliver real and lasting results for girls, their communities and nations. Camfed builds on local community capital, and its unique alumnae network multiplies the investment in girls, as those who have benefited invest in the education of other girls. It’s a wonderful model for growth and sustainability.”