Sixth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

The global civil society movement joins the Africa SDG Forum with a call for action on education financing to meet SDG4 targets.

 Press Release 

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Global Campaign for Education (GCE): [email protected] +27 11 447 4111 

Africa Network Campaign on Education For All (ANCEFA): [email protected]  / [email protected]  / +221776497275

February 24-27, 2020, Elephant Hills Resort, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, regional leaders, lobbyists, government, civil society and media representatives will convene for the Sixth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development. For civil society, the event is a key moment to put the emphasis on the need to strengthen financing for public education systems.

The Regional Forum is an intergovernmental platform convened by the United Nation Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in collaboration with the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank and the United Nations. The theme for this year is 2020-2030: A Decade to Deliver a Transformed and Prosperous Africa through the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

The Regional Forum intends to review progress, share experiences and lessons learned, and build consensus on recommendations in the form of key messages to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063 of the African Union. These messages will serve as Africa’s collective regional input to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development convened annually under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. 

For the education movement, the Africa Regional Forum presents an opportunity to put the emphasis will be on Education Financing as the primary focus to ensure Africa is on track. Since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), countries that failed to increase Education Financing towards the 20% budget allocation or 6% GDP requirement lag behind while countries that invested or increased financing towards the 20% commitment are on encouraging track towards SDG4 by 2030.

The Africa SDG Forum presents us with an opportunity to strengthen our advocacy action on SDG4. In particular, we are launching a call on increasing funding and support to education by governments and international financial organisations to make equitable and inclusive quality education a reality for African children, youth, adult men and women ” – Solange Akpo, Acting Regional Coordinator of ANCEFA.

The 2019 SDGs progress report for Africa paints a mixture of patterns. While poverty rates are declining, access to primary education, health care and electricity are improving; and gender parity in schools and representation of women in national parliaments, progress is painfully slow. Furthermore, a number of global reports released by UNESCO and other organisations indicate that the world is nearly off-track from meeting the education commitment by 2030 if governments and world leaders do not scale up resources to fund education.

In the current economic situation, Zimbabwe is facing acute challenges to provide quality and inclusive education as a basic right.The major threat is failing to allocate adequate domestic resources towards education.  Hosting a meeting of this magnitude gives Zimbabwe civil society an opportunity to directly call on government representatives to invest more in education and to mobilise regional solidarity”- Liberty Matsive, National Coordinator ECOZI 

The members of the GCE movement collectively advocate for an increase in domestic resource mobilisation for education through fairer taxation systems and for international donors to focus aid to strengthen public education systems.  


Notes to editors 

  1. The Agenda 2063 is being implemented concurrently with the 2030 Agenda and also requires African citizenry, civil society organisations and the African Diaspora to participate in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the African Agenda.
  2. The High-level Political Forum is the United Nations led central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, providing for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies.
  3. On Education Financing, International Declarations, such as the Jomtien Statement, recognises that states should spend at least 6% of their GDP and /or at least 20% of their national budgets on education in order to achieve quality education for all. 
  4. GCE is a leading civil society movement that promotes and defends education as a fundamental human right. GCE has over 125 members, 93 of these are national education coalitions, 18 International NGOs and 14 regional networks and youth-led organisations. GCE advocates for education as a basic right. GCE defines education as the foundation for all forms of development and as a catalyst for growth. As a transnational organisation GCE believes that education is the key to ensuring sustainable and equitable economic growth, improved health and social development
  5. ANCEFA is a Pan African Regional network consisting of independent National Education Coalitions Members with a presence in 39 Countries. ANCEFA exists to enhance the capacity of African civil society to efficiently and effectively push for universal access to inclusive and equitable quality education and opportunities for lifelong learning for All. ANCEFA contributes to the global education agenda, debates and goal-setting and ANCEFA facilitates Civil Society engagement through campaign, advocacy, network, partnership building, research and resource mobilisation.
  6. ECOZI is a membership driven organisation with a total of 51 diverse members which include INGOs, Local NGOs, FBOs, CBOs and Teacher Unions. Major thrust of ECOI is policy advocacy for the attainment of equitable access to quality, inclusive education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. ECOZI influences education policy development, implementation and review at national level and also contributes to regional and global education discussions on education policy discussions. ECOZI is a bonafide member of ANCEFA and GCE.
  7. ActionAid International is a global social justice and women’s rights organisation working in over 45 countries for a world free from poverty and injustice.

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