By Valtencir M. Mendes, Head of International Projects of Jaume Bofill Foundation. @ValMMendes
Incheon (Republic ofKorea), May 20, 2015 – Whereas the previous season of UNESCO’s Education for All focused on access to education to the disadvantaged, the new post-2015 agenda places its emphasis on issues of quality and on life-long learning for all, including countries from the Northern hemisphere. This is a major focus of work for the World Education Forum.
According to international experts, Nobel laureates and more than 130 education ministers gathered in Korea this week, this event on education is the most important in a generation. UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Qian Tang, pointed out that this momentum is unique in the history of global education. Why? Because we face the challenge of setting the goals of the new international educational agenda forward, that will impact on education policies up to 2030.
The draft of the new United Nations Declaration is ambitious and it should be so, since the future of millions of children and young people around the world is at stake. This is the main challenge of the Forum: to agree on a shared Declaration that can be adopted by Heads of State and Governments who will meet at the United Nations headquarters next September in New York.
Until now, the text of the Declaration endorses a “new vision for education”. Education conceived as a public good that is holistic, ambitious and aspirational, starting during the first years of every child’s life. The new agenda seeks to ensure equity, inclusiveness and quality and at the same time providing life-long learning opportunities for all.
Until now, the draft of the UNESCO Declaration considers that governments should allocate 15 – 20% of total public expenditure to education to turn these recommendations into a reality. In addition, donors should contribute to these efforts in order to reach the 20 billion euros annually required to achieve the goals.
Apart from the substantial content, this Forum seeks to mobilize countries and multi-sectoral partnerships for the implementation, coordination, monitoring and funding of the new agenda – at global, regional and national levels. In addition to the Declaration, specific commitments are sought from the various actors gathered in Korea.
Finally, specific indicators to monitor results are defined so that these goals do not end up being worthless. UNESCO, through the Global Monitoring Report (GMR), will be in charge of monitoring these new indicators. As we have corroborated in the presentation of this latest report in Barcelona, the GMR wants to ensure that new targets are continuously monitored: http://www.fbofill.cat/index.php?codmenu=01¬=1156
The contributionto the neweducational agendafromCatalonia
In order to contribute to this global debate, the project “Education Post-2015, Equity and Quality for All,” co-led by the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia and the Jaume Bofill Foundation, calls the Catalan educational community to share their thoughts and proposals for the next 15 years by diverse means which can be found here: http://www.edupost2015.cat/participa/. Representatives of both institutions are taking part in the World Education Forum, making the Catalan contribution visible.
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