09.09.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Jakarta was the first city to globally launch UNESCO’s GEM Report 2016

The launch of UNESCO's Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 in Jakarta, Indonesia

This year is special for UNESCO Jakarta Office. Jakarta has been selected to host the major events of UNESCO’s 2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, representing the Asia-Pacific and Oceania regions. The city will be the first to globally launch the GEM Report ahead of the three other selected cities – London (UK), Kigali (Rwanda) and Medellin (Columbia) – on 6 September 2016.

UNESCO is proud to be hosting this significant Report with the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) and the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO.

Present in the GEM Report launch were the high level speakers including the Minister of Education and Culture His Excellency Professor Dr. Muhadjir Effendy, the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education Dr. Qian Tang, Director and Representative of UNESCO Jakarta Dr. Shahbaz Khan, the Secretary Department of Education of the Philippines Her Excellency Dr. Leonor Briones as well as the Senior Policy Analyst of the GEM Report Dr. Manos Antoninis. Other distinguished experts attending from Indonesia are the former Minister of Education and Culture Dr. Anies Baswedan, Dr. Wardiman Djojonegoro, Secretary General Dr. Didik Suhardi, the Senior Advisor to Minister of Education and Culture Dr. Ananto Kusuma Seta; Head of Research and Development Agency Dr. Totok Suprayitno and the Executive Chairman of the Indonesian National Commission for UNESCO Professor Dr. Arief Rachman.

More than 300 key important stakeholders attended the launch, representing the Indonesian ministries, embassies, international and local organizations, academics, media, civil society, donor partners and youth.

Prior to the Report launch, Dr. Tang, accompanied by Dr. Khan, had a courtesy meeting with Professor Muhadjir. Dr. Tang specifically wished to thank the Government of Indonesia on the supports given to UNESCO works in Indonesia and discuss further collaborations of UNESCO and the Government’s works in education.

Dr. Khan in his welcoming remarks thanked the Government of Indonesia, especially the Ministry of Education and Culture, to host the launch of this significant Report. He said that UNESCO endeavors to support the Government of Indonesia in improving access and quality of education for the poor, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.

This year’s GEM Report cover pictures the photos of children from a small remote island in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Pulau Papan or the "plank island," is where the Bajo tribe live in stilt houses above the water. The bridge spans for 1.8 kilometers and these children walk it every day to get their education.

"There is a strong message here," highlighted Dr. Tang, UNESCO’s ADG for Education, in his speech. "It is a fitting cover for what is an ambitious and broad reaching report. The determination demonstrated by the Bajo tribe to ensure that their children attend school should serve as an inspiration for us to keep the education promises we have made."

The 2016 GEM Report, the first of the new 15-year series, explores the complex relationship between education and other facets of sustainable development, along with the monitoring implications for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 – Education.

The GEM Report, Education for People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Futures for All, shows that there is an urgent need for greater headway in education. On current trends, the world will achieve universal primary education in 2042, universal lower secondary education in 2059 and universal upper secondary education in 2084. This means the world would be half a century late for the 2030 SDG deadline.

The Minister of Education and Culture Prof. Muhadjir Effendy thanked UNESCO for inviting Indonesia to be the co-host for this important global event, and for choosing Jakarta as the venue for the global launch. The official launch was marked by pressing the button, together inviting and is witnessed by the key high level speakers.


Distinguished experts discussed major challenges in achieving new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals

Dr. Tang shared UNESCO’s historical background in publishing the Report and what is actually expected from the report. He explained that UNESCO has 196 country members that meet twice a year to discuss UNESCO’s strategy and policy.

At the time where there were six goals for education monitoring, UNESCO and the member states set up an independent team under UNESCO to monitor the progress against the goals. UNESCO then changed the SDG framework for the next fifteen years. UNESCO continues to adopt this yearly report to monitor the progress of SDGs. The team publishes the report every year. They analyze the progress of each country, track the achievements and challenges, and present it to the government to help improve the country’s situation.

Dr. Briones emphasized first on the financial aspect when she was asked about the challenges on education for sustainable development. In the Philippines, the Government and the society have been supportive so far. The highest government’s expenditure is now being put on education. The second major challenge, she said, is about reaching out to the “lost sheep,” ensuring no one is leaving behind. In spite of efforts given and programmes designed to reach out and give education to all, not everyone is still able to participate. Poverty hinders those who are out of school and do not have access to formal schools to get education access. The help to those unprivileged one will significantly help million hundreds of children.

Dr. Antoninis said that with more effort and commitment we can achieve a lot and reach the most remote islands. There is a clear message in this report: by working together we can achieve together. Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Southeast Asia countries are of the regions mostly affected by challenges but are also doing the most to promote issues of education. In terms of secondary attainment, all countries in Southeast Asia are well above the global average and are on the right track.

Dr. Suprayitno, as the final guest speaker added, despite the challenges, there is no reason for us not to be optimistic. We must do more to reach remote places, provide more qualified teachers. We have to provide education for all, especially to those who are far and unreached.

Dr. Tang finally concluded that UNESCO will be happy to provide its support, coordination, monitoring, and experience in achieving the global education commitment. “We are all here today because we believe in education’s potential to be a powerful and positive force for social, economic, and environmental change. We need to continue to work better together, in collaboration, and bring to the planning and implementation table key partners across all sectors – from government, civil society, the private sector, academia, and international actors who view education as a central aspect in their plans for change. Only then will we be truly on our way to achieving our goals for universal quality education by 2030.”


Download Dr. Qian Tang’s opening remark here

Download Prof. Dr. Muhadjir Effendy's welcoming remarks

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