This post has been written by Macarena Romero, from the Public Affairs Dpt. of Federación Internacional Fe y Alegría.
The Third Conference on Financing for Development that took place last week in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia had the goal of setting a new economic strategy that will pursue the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals ended with a Final Declaration from which we will extract the education mention of it:
There has been quite a wide range of lectures to the Final Declaration on behalf of the civil society and development experts: from the Civil Society Response to the Addis Abeba Action Agenda on Financing for Development, and there is a great concern on the really low profile given to consider the rights approach to face the development agenda from 2030 on.
In addition, there is a high value on the private sector for “service deliverer” of what are considered to be public goods and which should be assured and guaranteed by the State and the lack of determination for creating an intergovernmental corps, that watches out for international standards of tax justice and which will end up with fraud and tax evasion, that will harm specially impoverished countries in their development path.
Related to education, there is a great consensus in the cooperation for development sector about the premise that efforts made in education have an enormous impact at all levels of a country’s development social and economically. It influences positively in health and therefore in life expectancy, in the creation and sustainability of diverse productive sectors and jobs, in political activism and participation as well as in building social bonds in a community. That is why it becomes essential to reiterate that the Declaration avoids to highlight education as a right that is inalienable to any human being, despite its condition and so it can be provided, if they can afford it, by the private sector; additionally, it eludes to reference the longlife character of the right, meaning that youngsters and adults are also subjects of this right.
There are still certain appointments to set the path that the Sustainable Development Goals will take, as the United Nations meeting in September and the UNESCO meeting in November to deal with the educative route map so it is worth it to keep on struggling for the right to education to be the milestone of the global development agenda.