Minister of Education in Brazil joins UN initiative launch in New York
This Wednesday, 26 September, Minister of Education Aloizio Mercadante joins the launch of United Nations initiative Education First in New York, aimed at the promotion of education as an universal right and led by UNESCO. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will coordinate the activities as part of the Global Initiative on Education, which is one of the priorities of his present mandate.
The goal of this initiative is to put the theme in the center of the international agenda, with an emphasis on the role of education in strengthening individual and collective initiatives in the face of global conjunctural crises. Ban Ki-moon’s assessment of the project is that it can contribute significatively to elevate the political profile of the education theme and mobilize participants in a joint and wide-ranging way. Moreover, he highlights the importance of preserving public budgets for education, especially due to recent financial austerity measures.
The idea is to also encourage and stimulate a global movement towards improving quality on education, to expand national educational inclusion as well as to achieve victories on the sphere of sustainable development. There is also concern about the generation of additional resources by Member States for the development of the educational sector.
The launch, as part of the debates of the 67th United Nations General Assembly, seeks to position education in the center of efforts towards reaching the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), defined on the Millenium Declaration of the United Nations, adopted by 191 Member States in 2000. To ensure visibility and the success of the proposal among government leaders, the Secretary-General intends to appoint a workgroup to develop education initiatives (Member State Champions), to be made up of two Heads of State of each region of the planet. (Source: Press Office/MEC)