World Education Forum gives a step forward to improve the education agenda for the next 15 years
This international conference aimed to set out a common roadmap to be implemented by partners and countries worldwide regarding the future for Education 2030
From 19 to 22 May was held the World Education Forum 2015 in Incheon, Republic of Korea lead by UNESCO with six co-conveners. This event aimed to provide an international platform where global leaders in education could discuss and analysis the strengths and weakness from the EFA goals and education-related MDGs, and set a new framework for the post-2015 development agenda.
At the opening ceremony, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon stressed that education “secures human rights, including health and employment,” and “must do more than produce individuals who can read, write and count. It must nurture global citizens who can rise to the challenges of the 21st century”.
As a result of this meeting was adopted the “Incheon Declaration” which promotes a glimpse of what could be education for the next 15 years. This document was welcomed by all participants, in which was included global leaders, government ministers, academics and representatives both from the private sectors the civil society among others. The Declaration, which is based on the global Education for All movement and the Millennium Development Goal on Education, seeks to form the bases for the education targets in the Sustainable Development Goals that will be ratified at the United Nations in September.
For the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, this declaration “encourages governments to provide learning opportunities through life, so that people can continue to grow and develop. It affirms that education is the key to global peace and sustainable development.”
The World Education Forum 2015 focused on 5 main issues discussed in multiple spaces, including interactions and thematic debates: Right to Education, Equity in Education, Inclusive Education, Quality Education and Lifelong Learning.