In the context of the 2030 Education Agenda SDG 4, support to member states for education planning, management and monitoring is increasingly important. During the previous biennium, National Consultations have been organized under the leadership of Ministries of Education, and with support of UNESCO and SDG4 co-conveners, to discuss, clarify and unpack SDG4 and the Education 2030 agenda; to explore priorities and monitoring modalities for the Education 2030 agenda against the national context and national education strategic plans; and to agree on roles and responsibilities for taking forward the Education 2030 agenda. National consultations were held in all 13 countries of the Eastern Africa Region between August 2016 and January 2017.

All countries prepared an SDG4 National Roadmap on policy priorities and gaps from their national plans in order to implement SDG4 at country level. Some countries have organized follow-up on specific issues such education statistics with a focus on the SDG4 indicators and the global reporting (March 2017) with support from UNESCO Institute for Statistics (in South Sudan and Rwanda). UIS and the regional office also supported some countries to strengthen capacities education data, in the perspective of SDG4 indicators in Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda. Other countries have also included SDG4 in their UNDAF processes and workplans. At the Ministerial SDG4 Regional Forum for Eastern Africa (February 2017), over 150 participants, including Ministers of Education and their representatives from 12 countries, partners from international organizations and civil society, agreed on regional priorities and recommendations for inter-country cooperation to advance the 2030 Education Agenda in the region and leave no one behind. Results among others are: a regional statement; and a regional analysis compiling and analysing all national SDG4 roadmaps. In the framework of the 2030 Education Agenda, UNESCO also organized in 2016-17 regional fora on specific thematic to advance the translation of SDG4 at country level and support the development of regional recommendations and strategies (Higher Education Conference with a focus on the Addis Convention and TVET). Support to the SDG4 implementation has been done through curriculum reform process, for instance, UNESCO supported to develop the new curriculum through IBE (International Bureau for Education).

In this context, UNESCO will continue supporting the translation of SDG4 into sector plans, policies, curriculum and teacher training through:

  • Strengthening capacities in education planning and monitoring to further integrate SDG4; this includes crisis sensitive planning and management of education data;
  • Supporting the process of ratification and implementation of the Convention Against Discrimination in Education;
  • Strengthening capacities to develop, implement and assess competency-based curriculum in line with the 2030 Education Agenda, integrating issues such as ESD, GCED, PVE, cultural diversity etc;
  • Strengthening capacities for teacher professionalization; this includes the development of policies and frameworks for inclusive education systems, as well as support to teacher training programmes (with IICBA and International Teacher Task Force).

Related links:

Regional Technical Workshop on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED): Transforming and Sustaining our World through Learning

Ministerial SDG4 Regional Forum for Eastern Africa on "Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

Conference on Higher Education, Policy and Research: Quality and Future Challenges for East Africa and the Indian Ocean



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