Global Action Week for Education 2017 spotlights accountability and citizen participation

21 April 2017
Global Action Week for Education (GAWE) will take place 23-29 April 2017 and will promote the vital role of citizen participation in education policy making and monitoring progress. 
Led by the Global Campaign for Education, the annual international campaign will focus on accountability and citizen participation towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).It will highlight the importance of transparent, accountable and participatory governance for delivering on the full SDG 4 agenda. From legislators to learners, GAWE calls on everyone to do their part with the slogan “Stand up for Education: Time to Deliver”. The commitment made by the world community in 2015 under Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”

Accountability, a commitment of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030

The SDG Agenda is a comprehensive all-inclusive effort; it also includes new ways forward informed by the lessons learnt of inadequate resources, lack of focus and accountability from the unmet Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  
Accountability is based on shared principles as well as national and international commitments to achieve the ambitious SDG agenda. All SDG goals and targets are expected to be backed by accessible and effective accountability mechanisms at global, regional, national and subnational levels. The new agenda calls for collaborative systems that collect and provide access to timely, comprehensive and forward-looking data that will be used to review progress on each SDG. It also calls for monitoring national progress in an open, inclusive and transparent manner and with participation by multiple stakeholders to strengthen mutual accountability.

Civil society’s role for the Sustainable Development Goal on Education 

Civil society’s role is two folds for SDG on Education (SDG4).  Firstly, civil society must be a driving force for transparent monitoring of and reporting on education, including financing, helping to ensure that financial resources are used efficiently and equitably.  Secondly, as a shared societal endeavour, education implies an inclusive process of public policy formulation and implementation.  All stakeholders must be involved in the planning, implementation and monitoring of education policies and strategies. To this end, the GCE is currently working on an application, which it plans to launch at the end of 2017, which will act as an alert system to warn about civil society being either not consulted or pushed out of consultations on education. 

Assessing factors that make accountability work or fail

Concrete recommendations for policy makers on which accounting mechanisms are more effective than others, and assessing which political, economic and social factors make accountability work or fail will be made available in the next Global Education Monitoring Report, to be launched on 24 October 2017.  This edition of the GEMR will investigate accountability in education, analysing how all relevant actors - the international community, government, teachers, schools, parents, students, civil society and businesses - can provide education more effectively, efficiently and equitably. 

Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education 

Just after GAWE, UNESCO’s collective consultations of NGOs on Education (CCNGO) will meet in Cambodia on 8-9 May, 2017.  This meeting will bring together representatives of international, regional and national member NGOs from across the world to discuss and reflect on where civil society stands 18 months after the adoption of the global education agenda, taking into account activities undertaken, key challenges encountered, opportunities identified and the way forward for 2017-2019.