In 2012 the United Nations (UN) initiated a process to shape the global development agenda, building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as their 2015 end date approaches. To Coordinate System-wide preparations for a new development framework in Consultation with all Stakeholders, the Secretary General established the UN System Task Team on the post 2015 UN Development Agenda. As part of the Process, the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda was convened to provide advice on the new global development framework.
In the process the United Nations MY WORLD 2015 GLOBAL SURVEY was conducted. In the Survey, people selected their top six priorities out of 16 areas, covering such issues as education, water and sanitation, gender equality and health. Out of 850,000 participants from 194 countries, 584, 329 participants chose a good education as the top priority for the Post 2015 agenda. Recognizing that education features prominently in the other 10 thematic consultations, NAGRAT has decided to organize this colloquium to solicit-ideas from prominent persons in academia, civil society organizations and other stakeholders on the topic. There are still lingering questions that ought to be addressed and these include:
- how the Education for All (EFA) goals, and MDGs 2 and 3, supported progress in education and equity and what the remaining gaps and new issues are
- what the key Policy options and responses at the local, national and international levels in the Post 2015 development agenda are
- how Consensus can be established on the best way to present education training and learning in the Post 2015 development framework
- how progress towards education quality and equality can be measured; what goals and targets need to be identified; and how government accountability can be implemented.
NAGRAT as a teacher Union believes that Education is a fundamental human right in itself as well as an enabling right, fostering the accomplishment of all other social, cultural, economic, civil and political rights. It is for this reason that we think regardless of the structure the Post-2015 agenda may take, education must claim an explicit goal focusing on equity, access and quality learning. Accordingly, “Equitable, Quality Education and Lifelong Learning for All” is proposed as the overarching goal for education. It is expected that this goal will enable all societies to develop the skills, knowledge and innovation needed to overcome current and future political, economic, technology, health, and environmental challenges and to ensure that the issue of Education becomes a priority in the Post 2015 agenda.
Many institutions like Education International, UNESCO and The Office of the UN Envoy for education (Mr. Gordon Brown) have plunged into works focusing not only on access but also on quality education to be considered as priority in the post 2015 Agenda.
Education International, for instance, has launched a “Unite for Quality Education Campaign” to lobby government representatives who will be attending the UN General Assembly in New York on the 25th of September 2014.
This colloquium will help shape public opinion and help the government of Ghana in taking a position reflective of the views of broader stakeholders in the education sector.
It is expected that this colloquium will come out with practical suggestions that can be incorporated into the principles for the Post 2015 education agenda.
Date : 29th August, 2014
Time : 9:00am
Venue: British Council Auditorium.
RSVP: Samuel Quansah Ofei – 0267804299/0272407338
Bernice Lartey – 0201979297
E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Participation is strictly by invitation.