Education 2030 agenda is already on track in West and Central Africa

03/12/2015
  • Participants from the Regional consultation and dialogue on the Education 2030 Framework for Action for West and Central Africa demonstrated a high level of engagement to translate the global educational agenda into practice. 

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  • This was the first regional meeting after the adoption of the Education 2030 Framework for Action on 4 November 2015 in Paris. 

Education 2030 agenda is already on track in West and Central Africa

In the last 15 years, despite an increasing progress on the Education for All goals and education-related MDGs, this is still is a pending subject in Africa. Perhaps, according to the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2015, 18 countries worldwide are far from achieving the quantifiable EFA goals, 10 of which are in West and Central Africa (UNESCO: 2015).

Under this context, from 23 to 25 of November, 2015 took place in Dakar (Senegal) the “Regional consultation and dialogue on the Education 2030 Framework for Action for West and Central Africa: Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all”. This meeting focused on the practical, technical and professional aspects of the educational agenda under the frame of the Incheon Declaration, adopted at the World Education Forum 2015 held in May 2015. Further, participants had the opportunity to discuss and debate how to translate these targets into practices within the region.

18 countries worldwide are far from achieving the quantifiable EFA goals, 10 of which are in West and Central Africa

This technical consultation strives for “a common understanding of the new Education 2030 agenda, and to prepare for and support the integration of targets and focus areas into national policy and planning process within the region”.  

As a result, a closing statement was published highlighting three major lines of action which includes: 1) the construction of a common understanding of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4) - “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all” -  and its corresponding targets, 2) the promotion of a dialogue for the identification of national priorities in the implementation of Education 2030 and, 3) the development of concrete implementation proposals for regional coordination, cooperation and partnerships.

The meeting was organized by UNESCO Dakar in coordination with UNESCO Offices, UNICEF and other EFA partners and gathered more than 100 participants including officials of ministries of education from 25 Member States in the West and Central Africa region, as well as other actors and stakeholders committed to achieve the goals displayed at the global educational agenda.

 

More information about this topic:

To read the Closing Statement, please click here.

EFA Report 2015

UNESCO

 

 

Partners

  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

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  • Generalitat de Catalunya