Regional consultation and dialogue on Education 2030 Framework for Action for West and Central Africa: Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all
To kick start the implementation of the renewed education goal, the UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar, Abuja, and Yaoundé in partnership with UNICEF and other EFA partners, is organizing a regional consultation and dialogue on the Education 2030 Framework for Action for West and Central Africa. This consultation will bring together officials of ministries of education from the 26 Member States in the West and Central Africa region1, as well as other actors and stakeholders in education in order to discuss how to translate global Education 2030 commitments into practice at the national and regional levels.
The World Education Forum 2015 (WEF 2015), which was organized by UNESCO together with the EFA co-convening agencies - UNICEF, the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women and UNHCR - and hosted by the Republic of Korea, was held in Incheon, from 19 – 22 May 2015. On this occasion, 120 ministers, heads and members of Government delegations from 160 countries, heads of international agencies, multi- and bilateral organizations and representatives of civil society, the teaching profession, academia, youth and the private sector adopted the Incheon Declaration on 21 May 2015. The Declaration reaffirms the vision of the worldwide movement for Education for All, initiated in Jomtien in 1990 and reiterated in Dakar in 2000. Countries and the global education community committed with a sense of urgency to a single, renewed education agenda that is holistic, ambitious and aspirational, leaving no-one behind.
This new education agenda ‘Education 2030’ is fully captured in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4), “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all” and its corresponding targets. The Declaration represents a collective commitment of the education community to implement the Education 2030 agenda. It affirms the principles of education as a public good, a fundamental human right and a basis for guaranteeing the realization of other rights and inspires bold and innovative action.
In September 2015, the 17 SDGs which include SDG 4 on education that succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted at the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in New York. Following the adoption of the SDGs, the Education 2030 Framework for Action “Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all” will be adopted at a high-level meeting in November 2015 at alongside the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO. The Education 2030 Framework for Action (FFA) serves as the overall guiding framework for the implementation of Education 2030 and outlines how to translate into practice the commitment made in Incheon at global, regional and national level. It aims at supporting all countries to realize their own vision and ambitions for education within the framework of the global SDG 4 and its targets and proposes ways of implementing, coordinating, financing and monitoring Education 2030 to ensure equal education opportunities for all.