Launch of the 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report in HALWAR: focusing on young people!
The Halwar School Group in Hann Maristes hosted a youth-friendly version of the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM) on Wednesday, 23rd of November. This GEM presentation, which was attended by students from the Halwar School, the SEED Academy of Thiès, the Blaise Diagne High School and a school for children with special needs, was organized in collaboration with UNESCO at the initiative of the Sports for Education and Economic Development project (SEED).
Following the regional launch of the Global Education Monitoring Report by the UNESCO Dakar Office on September 15th 2016 and its national launch by the National Commission for Unesco in Senegal on November 16th 2016, the Halwar School Group, as a member of the Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) of UNESCO, organized a similar ceremony for young people and teachers of a few schools participating in the SEED project in Senegal on the 23rd of November. The meeting was held in the institution's amphitheater with a panel composed of Prof. Abdou Salam SALL, chairman of the “assises nationales de l’Éducation au Sénégal”; Vivian ONANO, Head of SEED partnerships and youth ambassador for WaterAid and William Ngué, project manager at the UNESCO Office in Dakar.
The purpose of the Global Education Monitoring Report, which was at the center of the debate, was to follow up on education commitments made during the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted by the international community in 2015. It reports specifically on the education objective, SDG 4: "to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all ". Whilst the primary target audience for the report is generally that of policy-makers and educational planners, the launch of the report at the Halwar school group was aimed at a key target namely youth networks and teachers to raise awareness about surrounding problems related to education. The panelist intervention revealed the importance of the report as an excellent springboard towards debate and sharing of knowledge.
This simplified synthetic version of the report by UNESCO made it possible to review the ten targets to be achieved for SDG 4 through an illustrated analysis of the main challenges that are specific to Senegal. For each of the targets, the presentation revealed data on the current situation of the country so as for young people to measure the efforts needed in order to meet the commitments by 2030. Particular attention was paid by the panel to the thematic contents (the planet, peace, humanity, prosperity, places, partnerships and gender) developed in the cartoon version that UNESCO has made available to all participants. The panelists emphasized the empowerment of girls through education and access to a healthy and safe learning environment for schools without gender violence and with access to improved water supply and separate sanitation facilities.
The variety and relevance of the questions from the young people following the presentations sufficiently revealed their interest on the subjects of sustainable development and especially their willingness to be citizens of the world for the future towards creating and facilitating the change for the new global agenda. For this future generation of leaders, the main message has been to engage and cultivate the fundamental values of respect for oneself and of others, tolerance, faith, creativity, solidarity and gender equality. "Admittedly, the new agenda for sustainable development has an impact on young people, but it also requires young people to succeed," concluded William Ngué.
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