Speaking at a High-Level Meeting during the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference last 5 November 2015, the Philippines, represented by Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Armin A. Luistro and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan, affirmed its commitment to an international framework for action to promote inclusive and quality education for all.
Following the World Education Forum held earlier this year, the 2030 Education Framework for Action provides specific guidelines to operationalize and measure Goal 4 ("Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all") of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNESCO, being the primary UN Agency responsible for monitoring and coordinating education development, is entrusted to lead and be the focal point for education within the overall SDG coordination.
In his intervention, Secretary Luistro highlighted the reforms made in the country's basic education which includes the implementation of the K-12 Basic Education Program, as well as compulsory kindergarten education, that provides the foundation for lifelong learning and comprehensive human development.
Secretary Licuanan, in her intervention, underscored the creation of the Philippines' Education Qualification Framework that establishes national standards for learning competencies and outcomes required at each educational level. The system promotes career and occupational mobility by providing options throughout the educational ladder and more opportunities in the job market.
The Philippines also emphasized the importance of human rights education and training in the fulfillment of the new sustainable development agenda.
The meeting brought together ministers and high-level representatives of government delegations, heads of international organizations, civil society groups, academe and relevant stakeholders to discuss and adopt new set of goals and targets to establish the global education trajectory for the next fifteen years.