22.05.2014 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

NGOs from around the world discuss post-2015 education in Santiago, Chile

Photo: UNESCO/Carolina Jerez

One of the main objectives of the 7th Meeting of the Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education For All (CCNGO/EFA), held from 21 to 23 May in Santiago, Chile, is to formulate recommendations for monitoring the objectives of the new post-2015 education agenda.

“It is very important that these encounters happen every two or three years, since they represent a mechanism that has given a voice to social organisations regarding the global education agenda”, said Sabine Detzel, UNESCO specialist in charge of the global associations EFA collaboration team, at the inauguration of the seventh meeting of the Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education For All.

The encounter, which was inaugurated on the night of May 20, 2014 in Santiago, Chile and will be held from the 21-23 May at the Universidad Católica Outreach Centre, with the presence of 80 organisations from around the world, holds special importance since it is a preparatory meeting for the evaluation of the Education for All goals, which were established in Dakar in 2000 and will be reviewed in 2015 in Korea.

Detzel kicked off the event alongside Yadira Roche of the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE) and Jesús González, a member of the Chilean National Forum for the Right to Education. González spoke about the Chilean educational reform process that is currently underway, describing the central elements of the current model, which is being transformed by the new administration.

Post-2015 Education for All

At the first session, which took place on Wednesday 21 May, Jorge Sequeira, from the UNESCO Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean, detailed the role of non-governmental organisations in this process: “this meeting guarantees the representation of civil society in all regional and global EFA meetings. It also provides a forum for exchange and collaboration among NGOs, the opportunity to learn from other regions and the definition of global positions”.

Afterwards, Atilio Pizarro, head of the Planning, Management, Monitoring and Assessment Section of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, gave a presentation on the latest EFA 2013/2014 Follow-up Report, providing figures on the progress made and the goals that are still pending in Latin America and around the world.

Atilio Pizarro in his presentation. Photo: UNESCO/Carolina Jerez

Chile and its challenges

The current situation in Chile did not go un<a name="_GoBack"></a>mentioned at the event’s inauguration. María Lourdes Almazan Khan, representative of the coordinating group and the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), highlighted the event’s context, the educational reforms of this South American country: “Latin America and Chile, where some of the most dynamic, committed and creative civil society movements offer a respectable space and the inspiration for this collective reflection”.

Also adding to the debate was Jesús Redondo, who holds a PhD. in Education and is the academic director of the Universidad de Chile Faculty of Social Sciences. Redondo presented on the right to education, inequality and schools at the core of the change: “Schools certainly cannot do it all, but as the only ‘obligatory’ social space we cannot ask any less of them. If we are truly interested in the right to education, in access and quality education for all, (we have to) combat inequality and promote substantive democracy from and within school systems”.

The 7th Meeting of the Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education for All (CCNGO/EFA) will be held until 23 May at the Outreach Centre of the Universidad Católica de Chile

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