United Nations’ new sustainable development agenda entered into force the 1 of January. In it, 17 goals of vital importance for the future were laid out being one of the most crucial of them to achieve a quality education for all. Moreover, the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development has shown the great importance of education as it is a key element for this development.
Due to this importance, two conferences for education are taking place in India this week. The first one is titled ‘Education as a Driver for Sustainable Development Goals’ in the city of Ahmedabad and it has been organised by the Centre for Environment Education together with UNESCO, the UNEP and India’s government. Its main objective is to bring together global experience of the different actor in making education public policies and to emphasize on the importance of education when it comes to achieving the sustainable development objectives. At the same time, the conference allows its participants to share their expertise on education to understand that all communities need to put education forward in order to help achieve the sustainable development goals. The expected outcomes of this conference are: to be able to put into action what has been learned during the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development by creating education programs and to stress on the importance of the Global Action Program on ESD through workshops such as quality education and alleviation of poverty. The Plan of Action has been just released today.
The second conference is entitled “Comparative Perspectives on the Right to education for Minorities and Disadvantaged Groups” and it is taking place today and tomorrow (15-16th January). This conference aims to gather participants from different countries like South Africa, India and the UK to engage them and make them conscious of the challenges that the implementation of the right to education for minorities and disadvantaged groups have. There will be several panels from various national and international organisations such as the Law Commission of India with different and very important topics to discuss such as the Role of Public and Private Actors: Challenges Facing the Right to Education, Gender Equality in Education: Moving Beyond Access to Primary Education, Measuring Quality and Enforcing a Right to Quality Education Balancing the Right to Freedom of Religion and Culture and the Right to Education The Role of Courts in Realizing the Right to Education.
Among the panel of experts that will speak during the workshops there will be participants of the Human Rights Law Network, the Indian NGO Pratham representative Shailendra Sharma, professors of the University of Oxford and Pakistan and different charipersons of the Ministries of Legal Resources and the National Comission of Minorities.