Galvanizing civil society action in the future education agenda

Representatives from more than 130 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are taking part in discussions ahead of the World Education Forum 2015 (hyperlink to WEF website) in Incheon, Republic of Korea, to agree on a collective civil society vision for education post-2015 and chart the best way forward for engagement in the new agenda.

The 18 – 19 May NGO Forum features a strong lineup of high-profile guests, including Nobel Peace Prize 2014 co-winner, Kailash Satyarthi, and UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova.

A statement adopted by NGOs at the Forum, with recommendations for the implementation of the post-2015 education agenda, will be shared with participants at the World Education Forum.

Civil society has played a central role in the achievement of the Education for All (EFA) goals, as recognized at the World Education Forum in 2000. In the 15 years following, civil society engagement has grown significantly, with more organizations and networks working to secure the right to education than ever before.

Building on this momentum, the NGO Forum aims to cement civil society as a key partner in policy processes and decision-making, to help ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The NGO Forum is being coordinated through the Collective Consultation of NGOs on EFA (CCNGO/EFA), a global network of nearly 300 national, regional and international member organisations from around the world.

The World Education Forum is being held from 19 – 22 May in the Republic of Korea; where world leaders in education will agree on a joint position for finalising the education goal and targets in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, to be adopted at the Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015.