Transforming Education: Over 140 ministers of education at UNESCO to draw roadmap

This high-level summit was convened by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres to radically change the approach to

Transforming Education
Transforming Education

Paris (France), June 27, 2008 (ANI): UNESCO will host the “Transforming Education Pre-Summit” on June 28-30. This is a meeting of ministers of education, policy and business leaders, and youth activists who meet to create a roadmap for global education reform.

This meeting will be a precursor for the Transforming Education Summit, which will take place in September at New York’s UN General Assembly. This summit, which was attended by high-ranking UN officials, was called by Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, UN Secretary-General. It aimed to transform education systems following COVID-19. It is especially important for those most marginalized learners who face severe learning loss.

The meeting will be focused on five key areas of transformation: Schools; Life-long quality education, Teachers, Connectivity, and Financing education.

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The pre-Summit will be preceded by a Youth-led Global Engagement Day on 28 June. This day brings together youth from all over the globe to bring young voices into the conversation and to provide opportunities for them to share their views on Transforming Education.

The Pre-Summit participants include the heads of state of Sierra Leone and Ethiopia; 140 ministers and vice-ministers of education; UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay; EU Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed; UNICEF Executive Director Catherine M. Russell and Summit Special Advisor Leonardo Garnier. Youth activists; Champions for education and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Salif Traore will also be there.

“This is the time to reverse the historical slide resulting in pandemics, climate disruptions, as well as to seek transformational changes regarding schooling, learning, and technology,” UNESCO stated in its release.

This meeting is crucial as government spending on education worldwide is not keeping pace with the growing learning crisis. With the onset 2020 of the pandemic, an estimated 40% of countries with low and middle incomes have cut their education spending. The average drop in real spending was 13.5 percent.

According to a report by the World Bank, UNESCO’s Global Education Report, and UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics, 43 bilateral donors have reduced their education aid in 2020. Meanwhile, households in the poorest nations are paying 39% of the total education cost, compared to only 16% in high-income countries.

It said that the world was slowly but painfully emerging from the COVID-19 disaster, which profoundly affected education, exactly halfway through the 15 years allotted to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it was time to assess where the world stands with the Sustainable Education Goal and to take action.

Pre-summit seeks to prioritize quality education as a global public benefit, similar to clean air, water, safety, and health. (ANI)

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