Education

Background

Education, or the transmission, acquisition, creation and adaptation of information, knowledge, skills and values, is a key lever of sustainable development. This is based on a vision of inclusive societies in which all citizens have equitable opportunities to access effective and relevant learning throughout life delivered through multiple formal, non formal and informal settings. As such, education is essential to individuals’ development as it is to the development of their families, of the local and national communities to which they belong, and to the world at large. As a fundamental human right enshrined in a number of international normative frameworks,

1) and built into most national legislation

2) the right to education is to be seen as an enabling right for the realization of other economic, social and cultural rights, as well as a catalyst for positive societal change

3) social justice and peace. In the region of the Americas, young people living in poverty and vulnerability, have limited access to education, and as a result, this negatively affects not only them, but also their families; the lack of access to education continues for generations to come. Education opens the opportunity to tackle other problems such as inequality in the distribution of income, as well as social inclusion and a feeling of belonging.

Consultation – Objectives

As part of the development of a new Post 2015 Development Framework, the UNDG (chaired by the UNDP) is spearheading a “global conversation,” with the aim of bringing together a broad range of stakeholders in education to review progress on the MDGs and to discuss options for a new framework.

1.) To stimulate wide ranging global discussion on the progress and shortcomings of education in relation to the MDGs for 2015.

2.) To stimulate discussion and analysis on how the MDGs have supported progress in education, to identify remaining disparities and new issues, and to generate consensus on how best to reflect necessary changes in education, with the aim of improvement, in the post 2015 development framework.

Consultation – Process

The Education Consultation will have four major components:

1.) A series of regional meetings/consultations will examine relevant themes, identify the regional trends, gaps and opportunities; build consensus on the role of Education in an international post-2015 development agenda and strengthen/initiate partnerships toward achieving this agenda. Wherever possible, these consultations will be integrated in already planned regional Education For All (EFA) or education meetings.

  • Arab region: Regional EFA Forum (Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 15-16 October 2012)
  • Africa: Regional EFA Coordination Conference (Johannesburg, South Africa, October 16-19, 2012)
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: UNESCO and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) started setting up a multi-stakeholder working group to prepare the post-2015 education agenda and propose to organize a regional consultation meeting in November (involving the EFA/Regional Education Project for Latin America and Caribbean (PRELAC) Board), coupled with an online consultation in the region, if funding is provided. (Mexico, January 29-30, 2013) 
  • Asia and Pacific: Dates of next Regional EFA Coordination Meeting not yet set
  • Europe/North America: to be further explored with European Commission (EC) or Organization for Economic Cooperation (OECD)

Recommendations should be provided for how these discussions should be integrated into the post-2015 formal negotiation process (e.g. High-level panel report, SG’s input to the intergovernmental negotiations, etc.).

2.) A global consultation of education NGOs during the Sixth Meeting of UNESCO’s Collective Consultation of NGOs on EFA – Collective Consultation of NGOs (CCNGO)/EFA (Paris, France, 24-26 October 2012). The meeting is already planned and the agenda includes the post-2015 education agenda and education in the post 2015 development agenda.
3.) Two global online consultations to engage 1. Youth and children (to be led by UNICEF) and 2. Experts, academics, development partners and NGOs (to be led by UNESCO through its networks, including at the regional level);
4.) A global meeting/conference (approximately 30-50 high level participants, e.g. ministers/officials from the host government and representatives of other governments from all regions, major civil society/international NGO coalitions, key UN partners, some members of the Secretary-General’s High Level Panel) to discuss the relevant themes outlined above, identify trends, gaps and opportunities, develop ideas and examine policies for greater education quality for all. A background document will be prepared for the global meeting, drawing on the CCNGO/EFA and regional meetings’ reports and the outcomes of the various online consultations, as well as a review of existing literature/documentation on education post-2015. If necessary, additional papers could be commissioned to cover identified gaps.

Source: “Global Thematic Consultation on Education in Post 2015 Development Agenda: Prepared by UNESCO and UNICEF” – Nov 2012 – WorldWeWant2015.org