Lunchtime side-events - 20 May

Advancing education for dignity, prosperity and justice

Global Governance of the SDG's Education Goal and its Targets

Organisers: Network for international policies and cooperation in education and training (NORRAG), Campaign for Popular education (CAMPE- Bangladesh) & Global Campaign for Education (GCE)

Moderator: Mr Kenneth King, Norrag


​Mr Manzoor Ahmed, BRAC University
Ms Rasheda Chowdoury, Campaign for Popular education Bangladesh and Global Campaign for Education
Mr Michel Carton, Norrag
Ms Valerie Liechti, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

This side-event looks critically at global and national governance of the proposed Education Goal and its Targets in terms of three dimensions: a) their universal application to “North and South”, but acknowledging their Common But Differentiated Responsibilities b) their relationship to inclusive, resilient and sustainable growth, and c) their link to participatory institutions, including post-conflict societies. The side-event panel represents two global networks, civil society, a bilateral agency and academia. 

Violence, Vulnerability and Voice: Ending Gender-Based Violence in and Around Schools, Advancing Gender Equality in Education

Organisers: Plan International & United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI)


Mr. Vernor Muñoz – Global Education Advisor, Plan International and former UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Education
H.E. Mr. Augusto Espinosa – Minister of Education, Ecuador
Ms. Cassandra Hallett  DaSilva – Secretary General, Canadian Teachers’ Federation
Ms. Fanny Gazagne – Education and Development Policy Advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, France
Hijab Zahra, Youth Advocate, Pakistan

School-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) is a global issue harming the education of millions of children around the world and limiting the prospect of achieving gender equality in schools. Within the context of the World Education Forum and post-2015 agenda, panelists will discuss the emerging global consensus on SRGBV and offer practical steps that key stakeholders can take to advance gender equality in education and ensure all children learn without fear. 

Protecting Education, Schools and Universities from Attacks and Military Use

Organisers: Government of Norway, Global Campaign for Education (GCE)

Moderator: Ms Ita Sheehy, UNHCR


Bjørn Haugstad, State Secretary, Royal Norwegian Government
Bede Sheppard, Human Rights Watch / GCPEA
Camilla Croso, Global Campaign for Education
Zehra Arshad, Pakistan Coalition for Education
Silvia Alonso Felix, Incidencia Civil en la Educación, Mexico
Refaat Sabbah, Palestine Education Coalition

The frequency and brutality of attacks on education and the education community – on students, teachers, schools and other education workers – and the appropriation of education facilities for military use are a source of serious concern, and are significantly undermining the global achievement of the right to education. Such attacks and misuse of education facilities have lasting effects, for those directly targeted, and also on the strength and resilience of the education system as a whole. This event will discuss the nature and impact of recent attacks on education and military use of school facilities, including from national civil society representatives and global experts. It will also focus significantly on proposed strategies to prevent and respond to both attacks and military use, with a particular focus on the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military Use, which were developed through a consultation process spearheaded by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA) in 2012 and finalized under the leadership of Norway and Argentina.

Education and Crisis: Toward Strengthened Response

Organisers: Save the Children & Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)


Save the Children
Rep UN South Sudan or goverment Republic of Liberia
Goverment Republic of Pakistan
Donor government

From 11 to 22 May 2015, the Inter-agency Network for Education and Emergencies (INEE) is hosting a global consultation on ‘Education and Crisis: Towards Strengthened Response’ as part of the preparation process for the Oslo Summit on Education for Development. This side event will be an opportunity for WEF participants to share their views on this topic and, in particular, how to improve existing aid architecture and coordination to better ensure quality education is available to all children in crisis.

Transforming Learning and Training Environments: Advancing Education for Sustainable Development Through a Whole-Institution Approach

Organisers: Centre for Environment Education (CEE), African Development Bank (AfDB), Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) & United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Moderator: Akpezi Ogbuigwe, Anpez Centre for Development, Nigeria or Heila Lotz-Sistika, Rhodes University


Thiagarajan Nadeson, FEE/WWF
Etienne Porgo, Lead Education Officer, Human and Social Development Department of the African Development Bank Group , African Development Bank 
Pramod Kumar Sharma, CEE
Mahesh Pradhan, UNEP
Tomoko Shibao, ACCU

The Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), launched at the World Conference on ESD in Japan in November 2014 as the follow up to the UN Decade of ESD, identifies whole-institution approaches as one of the five Priority Action Areas for generating and scaling up ESD action in the coming years. Sustainable learning environments, such as eco-schools or green campuses, allow educators and learners alike to integrate sustainability principles into their daily practice. Transforming learning and training environments concerns not only managing physical facilities more sustainably, but also changing the ethos and governance structure of the whole institution. The integration of sustainable development across the whole-institution makes it possible for learners to practice sustainable development in their daily lives – to live what they learn.

A Global Response to Privatisation and Commercialisation of Education

Organisers: Education International (EI) & Global Campaign for Education (GCE)

Moderator: Ms Karen Mundy, Chief Technical Officer, Global Partnership for Education


Ms Camilla Croso, Global Campaign for Education
Mr David Archer, Head of Programme Development, ActionAid International
Mr Angelo Gavrielatos,Project Director, Education International
Mr Antoni Verger, Researcher and Lecturer, University of Barcelona
Ms Sonia Chebbi, Permanent Delegate, FICEMEA

The fast growing global trend of education privatisation and commercialisation is a particularly harmful threat to the universal right to education. Public-private partnerships and low-fee private schools have been hailed by various actors as the solution to addressing education system challenges. But what does the evidence show? This event problematises the expansion of profit-making and ‘business’ activities and initiatives in education for teaching and learning specifically, and outlines the implications for education systems and social justice more broadly.

The Role of Soft Skills in the Future of Global Education

Organisers: LEGO Foundation & Brookings Institute


Ms Hanna Rasmussen, LEGO Foundation
Ms Rebecca Winthrop, Brookings

Unlike literacy and numeracy, soft skills are frequently overlooked by parents, educators, and policymakers, yet they are crucial for children's development. This session will make a case to equally value hard and soft skills and will present leading research through interactive hands-on activities with event participants.

From MDGs to SDGs: Fulfilling the Promise of Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities

Organisers: Children's Rights & Emergency Relief Organization (UNICEF)

Moderator: Mr Tarald Brautaset, Special Representative for Education, Norway


Ms Liliana Preoteasa, Under-Secretary of State for Pre-University Education, Romania
Abdulla Mzee Abdulla, Ministry of Education, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Mr Kamal Lamichhane, Center for Research on International Cooperation and Educational Development (CRICED), Japan
Ms Phylis Magrab, Georgetown University, USA
Rabjyot Singh Kohli, child with disability, India

There has been substantial progress in primary and secondary education over the past 15 years.  But due to a range of barriers in most low and middle income countries, children with disabilities are still less likely to go to school, more likely to drop out early, and less likely to learn key skills such as reading, writing and mathematics than children without disabilities.  In this session, speakers representing the political, economic, practitioner and consumer perspectives will engage in an interactive debate on issues posed by a moderator and participants.  Issues will include whether children with disabilities were overlooked in the MDGs, the targets and indicators that should be included in the SDGs, how to address the data and funding gaps, and what if anything is missing from the Framework for Action.

Making the Case for Safe Schools

Organisers: Plan International, International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), Save the Children, World Vision, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Children's Rights and Emergency Relief Organization (UNICEF), Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) & UNESCO

The Worldwide Initiative on Safe School (WISS), launched during the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), is a government-led multi-stakeholder initiative that serves as a global partnership for advancing safe school implementation at the national level. It is based on the Comprehensive Safe School Framework (CSS), which aims in making every school safe from all hazards, guarantying education in emergencies and including DRR Education. The session will discuss progress made thus far.