19.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Stakeholders discuss emerging priorities in post-2015 education agenda

© UNESCO/T. R. Pant -District level EFA consultation held in Kaski

Stakeholders from different organizations have discussed on to explore the emerging priorities in post-2015 education agenda during different consultations organized in Biratnagar, Pokhara and Dhangadi between 6 to 15 February 2014. The consultations were attended by officials from the Ministry of Education and its institutions, education experts, local NGOs, teacher unions and journalists.

In the consultations, participants discussed on the present status on achieving EFA goals by 2015 and focused on the imperatives of education agenda beyond 2015.  It provided an occasion to share and obtain feedback on the draft report on National EFA 2015 review including inputs for the education agenda beyond 2015.

Tap Raj Pant from UNESCO Office in Kathmandu shared the initiatives of UNESCO at regional and global level to include the education in post-2015 global development agenda. “The global post-2015 education agenda should be framed by a comprehensive overarching goal based upon key principles of access, equity, quality in the perspective of lifelong learning,” he said.

Participants of the consultations agreed that achieving Education for All remain a key, yet unfinished agenda; future orientations for education need to go beyond EFA goals; access, equity and quality of education, learning, teachers, and skills development should feature prominently. They also agreed that  the  education should be context-relevant- learner’s, local, national, and global and education should be addressed across the life-cycle and future approaches to education need to be underpinned by a lifelong learning approach.

The consultations that were organized jointly by the Ministry of Education, the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, the UNICEF Country Office and National Campaign for Education also came up with key messages that lifelong learning should be considered a key, guiding principle; equitable and inclusive access to quality learning should be ensured for all at all levels; education systems should enable all children, young people and adults to participate actively and responsibly in their communities and in the interconnected and globalizing world.

The three consultations brought together more than 125 participants including education officials from 17 district education offices, non-governmental organizations, representatives of teacher unions, journalists and education experts.

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