19.05.2014 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Representatives from around the world to gather in Chile for the “Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education for All”

Photo: UNESCO/Andrés Pascoe. School in Manaus, Brazil

UNESCO has called the 7th Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education for All meeting (CCNGO/EFA), to be held in Santiago, to formulate recommendations for a monitoring framework for the new education agenda post-2015.

The Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE) and the Chilean Forum for the Right to Education are to host the meeting, which will be held at the Centro de Extensión de la Universidad Católica de Chile, bringing together national, regional, and international organizations from all over the world to discuss and reflect on EFA achievements and challenges, as well as emerging issues in the global education agenda in favour of the Right to Education and civil society engagement in these processes.

Camilla Croso, Coordinator of CLADE and president of the Global Campaign for Education, explained that “the 7th CCNGO/EFA will be of strategic importance, coming shortly before the deadline for meeting the Education For All goals that were agreed in Dakar in 2000, and also because it will have an impact on the process of defining the post-2015 education agenda”.

The CCNGO/EFA meeting

Around 80 organizations will take part in the event, with attendees including representatives of international NGOs such as the International Council for Adult Education and Education International, the civil society regional networks and national coalitions that make up the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE), together with the regional education NGO networks of Africa (ANCEFA), Asia (ASPBAE), and the Arab countries (ACEA).

The meeting will seek to define the posture of CCNGO/EFA regarding international debate on education in the post-2015 world, and to formulate recommendations for a monitoring framework for the new education agenda. Discussion will also focus on civil society’s future commitments regarding Education for All. The CCNGO will prepare a declaration for the closing of the Santiago meeting, containing its conclusions.

The 7th CCNGO/EFA is being held under the concept of realizing the right to education beyond 2015 – an issue that is particularly poignant in a region where expanding private schooling on a large scale has widened inequality in access to education.

“The civil society organizations that work to realize the Right to Education in their countries and around the world have been keeping a close eye on the development of the education agenda that Chile is conducting”, said René Varas, Executive Secretary of the Chilean Forum for the Right to Education. He added that “the civil society organizations that work in education have always taken an interest in social segregation and discrimination, and uphold that it merits the intervention of some systems to guarantee the right to education, and they have come together to stand firm with the citizen movement to defend this right”.

The CCNGO/EFA is UNESCO’s key mechanism for dialogue, reflection and partnerships with civil society in the framework of the Education for All movement. Its network includes close to 300 national, regional and international member organisations.  The meeting will also elect a new CCNGO/EFA Coordination Group, with focal points representing international NGOs and regions, for 2014-2016.

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