DATE: 16 November 2018

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300 civil society education leaders advance the transformative education call at the highest level to ensure quality, public, inclusive education for all

KATHMANDU – Under the theme “Transforming public education systems for equality, inclusion and justice”, the Global Campaign for Education and education civil society gathered to emboldened efforts and unify around common values and beliefs. Every four years, this momentous occasion creates an ideal space to reflect on progress made, exchange learnings and ways of working together to scale up global impact in achieving public, quality inclusive education for all.

Amongst esteemed guests was her excellency Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary General. “Education is not in a bad place, it is in crisis. To achieve transformative education, education must be transformed. Coalitions such as the GCE and individual local NGOs can help lift the agenda to the country level” encouraged, the UN Deputy Secretary General.

This 6th World Assembly, acknowledges and celebrates the more than 300 representatives of teachers union, students’ organisations, human rights activists, social movements, national and international non-governmental organisations, acting together for the right to a free inclusive public education for all, at the service of social justice.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawal, contextualised the relevance of this meeting in Nepal and welcomed the high level guests to this beautiful country. “Hosting this 6th World Assembly in this sacred land is an honor. Without education, there is no emancipation. In Nepal, school enrolment has increased but, education has not brought peace to our society. We hope this three day global conference, will address these issues and provide recommendations to the Nepal government.”

Civil society has a distinct and crucial role to play in holding governments and donors accountable, to ensure relevance and equity within education plans, programmes and budgets. Governments are accountable to ensure that the gap is bridged between those with access and the 263 million children, adolescents and youth out of school, representing nearly one-fifth of the global population of this age group.

On this occasion it is worth recalling that “the reading of the world must precede the reading of the word. Our understanding of the world is an indispensable condition for the transforming action we pursue enabling us to be creative, purposeful and effective in promoting a more just and dignified world for all” Camilla Croso, President of Global Campaign for Education.

Addressing gender inequalities in education, Nora Fyles Director of the Secretariat for the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) weighed in on the issue. “We know the transformative potential of girls’ education that brings real change in the lives of girls, their families and society at large. We know the transformative potential of quality education that changes the way they learn. But to get there, education, education systems must change.”

While massive gains and significant achievements have been made in the Sustainable Development Goal 4, there is collectively a long way to go. More needs to be done to solve education problems, such as overcrowded classrooms, inadequately trained teachers and school dropouts.

The President of host coalition NCE-Nepal was present to welcome the international civil society movement, drawing the attention of leaders and policy makers towards the need for a significant increase for financing through domestic resource mobilisation. “NCE Nepal believes that without strong public education, democracy in the real sense is not possible, thus we stand for transforming public education systems for equality, inclusion and justice which this world assembly has envisioned” Kumar Bhattarai, President of NCE Nepal.

It is clear, civil society faces challenges ahead. Civil society must continue to consolidate the movement and promote sustained change and dialogue from the ground up. Now more than ever, civil society is determined to ensure a transformed, accessible and inclusive education system for future generations.


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