28.09.2016 - UNESCO Office in Juba

South Sudan Conducts National Consultation on Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals

With the support of the co-conveners of the Sustainable Development Goal 4, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MOGGEI) organized a three-day consultative conference on Sustainable Development Goal 4.

The conference started on 27 September 2016 and brings together the Ministers of Education and Directors General from all the states, development partners, civil society, the academia, and the United Nations agencies and mission in South Sudan.

The conference aims to build a common understanding of SDG4-Education 2030 to ensure high political commitment of the national government; to examine education policy priorities and challenges, and indicators, in light of SDG 4-Education 2030; to identify emerging education areas and themes of particular relevance to the country; and to identify capacity development needs based on agreed priorities.

The National Consultation is expected to result in the identification of priorities and opportunities for policy development (from early childhood development to tertiary education, including skills development and TVET).

The feedback of the National Consultation will be presented at a Regional Consultation to be held among countries in Eastern Africa region - Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

SDG4 is one of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This goal encourages nations to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all. Nations are expected to ensure that by 2030 all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes; that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education; that there is equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university; that there is substantial increase in the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship; and that education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive are built and/or upgraded and safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all are provided.

The six co-convenor agencies for SDG4-Education 2030 (UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR and UN Women) are happy to have been associated with such an important event for South Sudan as it charts the next phase of its effort to provide inclusive, equitable and quality education in a life-long learning environment, as the SDG4 states.


For further information, contact
Awol Endris Adem (PhD)
Education Programme Specialist
UNESCO Juba Office
Tel: 0920001102
Email: ae.adem@unesco.org

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