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2015: turning point for education

2015: turning point for education

  • Posted: Jan 22, 2015 -
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This post has been written by Lucía Rodríguez, team leader of the Core Group of the GIAN Network for the Right to Quality Education.

When I used to study in collegue a literary generation was described as a group of writers bonded by certain a ideology and style in a concrete time period – fifteen years aproximately-. In 2000, fifteen years ago, the General Secretary of United Natios, Koffi Annan, would state to the world that we were the first generation capable of ending with the world poverty. We had the means and skills to do it and every nation along with every significant international development organization came to a common political agreement, the Millennium Development Goals which will set up a serial of essential challenges such as extreme poverty reduction into half, combat HIV/AIDS and achieve universal primary education.

This would occur just a few months after those same countries had agreed in Dakar- Senegal, the Education For All Goals (EFA Goals). Fifteen years later, I am writing this post as I read the report “Education For All, 2000-2015: Achievements & challenges” that UNESCO has released today making an evaluation about what this generation has been capable of to guarantee the right to quality education for everyone.

The report, I assume that trying to rescue the silver lining, starts asssesing the improvements that have been achieved, and even if there are some, these have been that indifferent and insufficient that we can only think that this generation has failed one more time. During these fifteen years, for example, the number of children who have never gone to school has been reduced since some governments have increased public investment in education. However, as UNESCO Deputy Manager, Irina Bokova has mentioned, the report shows that the results are modest, that Education for All has not became a reality in the world- still only one third of the countries reached the six goals- and “we have to do a lot more to place quality education and life long learning at hand for everyone.”

The assessment shown by the report give us some numbers that make us think how urgent it is to take global action and give education the importance it deserves and that it has been denied for the last fifteen years:

  • 47% of the countries has managed to entend and imporve primary children attention and education, specially in favour of those who are most vulnerable, but a 20% still stands a long way form achieving this goals.
  • In the attempt to reach universalization of primary teaching, it is where we can find the greatest improvement. Half of the countries with which we have numbers have achieved universalization primary schooling. One third of these minors unschoolarized live in areas lashed by wars and conflicts.
  • At world level, the number of scholars signed up in the secondary first term increased by 27%, while in Subsharian Africa the number was doubled. However, one third of the youngsters who live in low and medium income countries will not manage to finish the first term of secondary education.
    Without a doubt, where there has been the least improvement is in adult literacy: 751 million youngsters over 15 years old and adults cannot read or write, two thirds of them being women. In 2000, this number increased up to 800 million.
  • Education investment has increased but we must find urgently the way to cover the 22.000 million $ that means the education annual deficit to achieve pre scholar and primary education quality for every boy and girl in 2030.

Taking a look at these numbers we might be sceptical, discouraged or frustrated but we must never forget the responsability we all share as educators. 2015 is the assessment year but also it is the year to shape our next new international commitments that will make a reality the Right to Education for everyone and to face the challenges of poverty eradication, climate change fight and achieving a truly sustainable development for the following generations.

Two of the most important appointments where all our international leaders need to make commitments are up coming: the Corea World Education Forum 2015 in Incheon, Korea hosted by UNESCO in May and the World Assembly of the Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations headquarters in New York where some of the GIAN representatives will be attending to both of these international meeting to defend the excluded and the impoverished interests.

A few days ago, two old friends have reached me with messages full of hope and life. Yolanda from Honduras writes: “I believe that, in these times, keeping the hope in believing that things can change, people can change, it is not only an act of faith but of rebellion. And at least in that, I want to be a rebel.”

And Luis form Venezuela reminded “people don’t die or give up their dreams of free and dignified life. When we are doing as bad as now, some only see ashes of desolation and end up thinking that our people is subordinate to their challenges, that there is no solution. In their short- sightedness, they don’t appreciate that underneath the ashes there are embers waiting for an inspiring breeze that turns them into unstoppable fire.”

I still wait for justice, education for everyone and trusting in this generation, mine and ours, will be able to rebel and together we will meet the changes to reach a sustainable development starting from education.

A key appointment: The Assembly of the Global Campaign for Education

A key appointment: The Assembly of the Global Campaign for Education

  • Posted: Jan 22, 2015 -
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The Global Campaign for Education (GCE), celebrated its World Assembly from the 23th to the 26th February. The Assembly, that unites all member of this international network every three or four years, allows these organizations to reflect about their achievements and challenges in the fight for the right to education.

Furthermore, this time they have ellaborated various recommendations for the new Sustainable Development Agenda, that will be approved in September, highlighting the important role of education.

February 23th in Johannesburg (South Africa) started the First Day of the World Assembly that sponsored the Public Forum 2000- 2030 Right to Education, where all members and allied of the global Campaign for Education of every corner of the planet met to discuss crucial and emerging topics in education, focusing on the progresses made and lessons learnt from 2000 to 2015, and in our goals as civil society for 2015-2030. The week closed with a two days Global Learning Event that united more than 50 education coalitions supported by the Civil Society Education Fund.

The Global Campaign for Education is the world greatest civil society movement that works to make the right to quality education reality for everyone. This Assembly is the government organ of the Global Campaign for Education that makes members of the movement reflect on our achievements and share the adquired knowledge during the previous period, discuss some current and emerging issues of world education and participate in the shared strategic planification for the following four years. As well as members of the Global Campaign for Education, the World Assembly welcomes other relevant actors in the education movement so that is why this is one of the most important international activists meeting in the education field.

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The main issues discussed during the Assembly were the progress of the Global Campaign for Education as a civil society movement for the last four years; the analysis and approval of the Strategic Plan for the GCE for the 2015-2019 period; the apprecitacion and revision of the political position of the network. This time, those who were present were able to share their lessons learnt and work skills in a various topics and fields, and also the Directive Board of the Campaign and its presidency where designed.

 

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The Global Campaign for Education  is an international coalition lead by NGOs, educative field unions, educative centers and social movements of very different sign. All of us agree in demand the whole commitment of the Dakar Summit (Senegal, 200), where the international community compromised itself to guarantee the access yto quality education for everyone before 2015. The Global Campaign for Education was born to highlight this valuable, necessary and international commitment. Therefore, its goal is to mobilise the citizenship to make them demand their governments and the international community to accomplish their promises and become responsible of the destiny of million of people that are deprived from the right to education.

The post 2015 education Agenda in numbers: the EFA Report

The post 2015 education Agenda in numbers: the EFA Report

  • Posted: Jan 22, 2015 -
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Every year, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) publishes the Education For All Global Monitoring Report, also known as the EFA Report, in order to provide a comprehensive assessment of progress towards the six EFA goals set in Dakar at the World Education Forum. It takes stock of which countries did or did not make progress and whether stakeholders upheld their commitments. It discusses which factors influenced the pace of progress and identifies key lessons for shaping the post-2015 global education agenda.

The Report, which will be published predictably during the month of April and that we, from Edujesuit, will be very attentive, will contribute to evaluate the efforts about educations on which the 2015 Agenda will have to work about the Sustainable Development Goals that will be set up during this year.

 

Meanwhile, the latest Policy Paper is available in which they point out the cost that will be predictably implemented in education matters for the following Agenda and what it means for the expenses and incomes of the countries, depending on their GDP and based, above all, in pres scholar and primary education and not taking into account other essential expenses such as techers training and infraestructure provisions.

You can read some other assesments in the Policy Paper and have a look at other interesting documents in its Site.