Civil society adopts landmark Declaration for Education

Nobel Peace Prize 2014 co-winner, Kailash Satyarthi, and UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, today addressed non-government and civil society organizations at the 2015 NGO Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

Their speeches marked the end of the two-day Forum, where representatives discussed and debated the future of education, culminating in the adoption of the 2015 NGO Forum Declaration ‘Towards the right to inclusive, quality public education and lifelong learning beyond 2015’. The Declaration re-affirms that education is a fundamental right and public good that is key to promoting social, economic and environmental justice. It recognizes that civil society participation should be institutionalized and guaranteed in all processes, and is crucial to ensuring that governments are held to account in achieving inclusive education for all. It also states civil society’s position on issues around quality education, access and equity; as well as teachers, indicators and financing. The Full lDeclaration (coming soon)

Representing the collective civil society vision for education over the next 15 years, the Declaration was immediately presented to ministers and educational leaders from civil society at today’s opening of the World Education Forum 2015.

Ms Bokova told representatives at the NGO Forum that they have always been a key partner with UNESCO and have played an integral role in the push to make education a reality for all children, youth and adults.

Kailash Satyarthi said the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was not a prize for himself and education activist Malala Yousafzai alone, but also an acknowledgement of the tireless work by non-governmental and civil society organizations to ensure the rights of all children across the world.

Read our story on the launch of this year’s NGO Forum HERE

The NGO Forum was 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.