Public-Private Partnerships in Education: Evidence-Based Approach
The impact of public-private partnerships in education is the topic of a high-level conference co-hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO in partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships, UNOP, and the IDP Foundation on May 25
The event, which will be held at UN Headquarters in New York, aims to promote interactive dialogue on this important issue. using an evidence-based approach that shows public-private partnerships are integral components to achieving international development goals, including the six Education for All (EFA) goals and the two education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
With only three years before the 2015 target date for the MGDs and EFA,, there are still major deficiencies in some countries as 67 million children are still excluded from primary school, almost 800 million adults lack basic literacy skills and too many children are leaving school without the necessary learning and skills that will enable them to enter the job market.
The event will include two panel discussions, featuring high-level participation of government representatives (Indonesia, Namibia, USA), UN agencies and international organizations (Deputy Secretary-Genearal, UNESCO, UNOP and Education International), foundations (IDP Foundation, and Ford Foundation), NGOs (Sesame Workshop and Absolute Return for Kids). Matthew Bishop, US Business Editor and New York Bureau Chief of the Economist Magazine will moderate.
Without increased political commitments and international support, various countries are likely to miss the EFA goals by 2015, some of them by a wide margin. The international community has emphasized the need for harmonized collaboration and stronger partnerships with all relevant stakeholders, notably with the private sector. The engagement of the private sector and the development of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in education are not new. These partnerships have been part of education debates and reforms for several years; however, it is the recent successful examples of Global companies, corporate foundations and philanthropists, as well as small and local businesses that there is more momentum for establishing these partnerships. Growing international consensus recognizes PPPs ability to significa<a name="_GoBack"></a>ntly support national and international efforts to meet the EFA goals.
The speakers in this event will address the main challenges and opportunities to support the growing momentum for PPPs in education through their innovative examples, impact evidence, successful criteria for sustainable partnerships, recommendations for effective partnerships, and support mechanisms that could facilitate these partnerships in education.
The event will be held from 10 am to 1 pm in conference room 6 of the North Lawn Building. A webcast of the program will be available following the event.