Presentation of the new UNESCO report “Education for all 2000-2015”

Last Thursday, May 7, Barcelona hosted the presentation of the UNESCO “Global Monitoring Report 2015”, a global assessment report of the Education For All (EFA) commitment. The event took place in the Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau as part of the international launch event and was co-organised by UNESCO Catalonia and the Jaume Bofill Foundation. The presentation of the report was led by its director, Aaron Benavot, Professor of Global Education Policy of the Education Department of the University of Albany (State University of New York).

This new report is the prime instrument to assess global progress towards achieving the six Education For All goals set in the World Education Forum of Dakar (2000), one of the most important educational campaigns ever. The report identifies policies and practices that have helped or hindered a better education for all. It also tracks the influence of the internal funding trends and the international aid fluxes. The report ends with a set of recommendations to encourage global, regional and national leaders to define the goal and the targets of Education post 2015.

Fifteen years after the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals, we are at a major turning point and 2015 is the key year for the definition of the global political agenda for the next 15 years. It is important that the people of Catalonia participate in this debate and that we join the process of thinking about the new goals for the international EFA agenda. As well as many other countries and organizations worldwide involved in moving the EFA forward, we can give ideas for further work. That is the reason why UNESCO Catalonia and the Jaume Bofill Foundation are promoting the initiative Education Post 2015, the framework of action we are inviting you to participate in.

As part of this initiative, a seminar with a group of experts in education from Catalonia was held during the morning of May 7th. The aim was to think about new educational targets within the framework of the international agenda, as well as thinking about how this agenda might influence the Catalan education community over the next 15 years. The seminar started with the presentation of the “Global Monitoring Report 2015” which was later discussed in three working groups, according to the main themes in the Report: Learning and Evaluation, Teachers, Equity and Poverty.

Each working group discussed some questions previously posed in order to facilitate the debate and to reach specific targets. The working group on Learning and Assessment discussed the following issues:

  • What are the most important dimensions of learning to be included in the goals of the post-2015 agenda? What possible indicators can be identified to track them?
  •  Which are the consequences of setting objectives in this field for the global and local education policies?
  • What kind of evaluation systems may be more effective in the measurement of learning objectives? What opportunities and risks do these systems entail?

The working group on the new challenges teachers face, discussed the following issues:

  • What kind of policies should be promoted at a global level in order to reach higher levels of satisfaction among teachers as well as improve teachers’ effectiveness?
  • What kinds of indicators could be taken into account to catch “teaching quality” in its complexity?
  • What educational and pedagogical strategies should be endorsed in the framework of the Post 2015 agenda?
  • Can effective pedagogies be either promoted at a global level or should they rely on the governmental or school level?

The third working group dealing with Equity and Poverty in education, discussed the following questions:

  • What are the priorities to be included in a global agenda towards equity in education? How should they be structured?
  • Is it necessary to set specific indicators for equity in education or is it better to include equity as a cross-cutting issue?
  • What educational policies can be positive for the most vulnerable communities? How can educational policy be connected with the policies in other connected sectors?

We are building a comprehensive summary of the contributions of participants and the new educational challenges set in the seminar, and these will soon be available on this website.

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