Stakeholders Conference on Education 2030

After the historic adoption of the Incheon Declaration, a document which marks an important step in developing the post-2015 education agenda, Ministers of education and significant stakeholders gathered in a High-Level Meeting held in UNESCO Headquarters on 4 November 2015 to approve the Education 2030 Framework for Action. Said framework serves as the roadmap that will guide the international community and national governments in their efforts to achieve “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning” (SDG 4) over the next 15 years. It will lead all actors working at country, regional, and global level to work in synergy towards a common goal and provide a set of indicative strategies to support the achievement of targets to be adapted by each country.

With the stand-alone Goal 4 on education and its related targets, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes that education is essential for the success of all sustainable development goals (SDGs). Education is also included in goals on health, growth and employment, sustainable consumption and production, and climate change.

The new set of education goals and targets seek to accelerate progress made by the Education for All (EFA) program while going beyond its depth and scope to address new challenges, reach the most marginalized, and give heightened emphasis to equity, quality and lifelong learning. Also, it seeks to ensure that all young people and adults have equitable opportunities to access and complete formal and non-formal technical and vocational education and training relevant to the world of work as well as lifelong learning opportunities that enable learners to acquire diverse and relevant knowledge and skills that foster their professional and personal development.

The Philippine UNESCO National Commission (NatCom) recognizes that the effective execution of these new goals and indicators lie primarily with key agencies, namely the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

Hence, PH NatCom, through its Education Committee, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) – United Nations and Other International Organizations (UNIO) and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Cente for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH), conducted the Stakeholders’ Conference on the Education 2030 Framework of Action on 9 March 2016 at the Philippine Social Science Center to serve as a platform to discuss and determine areas of policy convergence and to reflect on key agencies’ priorities and strategies to achieve the future education goals and targets.

The Conference also encouraged further consultation and dialogue with other education stakeholders with a view to develop national perspectives on inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning as well as to generate and propose ideas of implementing, coordinating, financing and monitoring plan of action for Education 2030.

Sec. Patricia B. Licuanan, Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education and Chair, PH NatCom Education Committee, delivered her opening remarks where she cited the objectives of the Conference: (1) to present the Framework for Action of Education 2030;(2) to identify gaps and ways to strengthen policies, programs, and partnerships to achieve the Education 2030 goals and targets, taking off from lessons learned from the MDGs; and (3) to serve as a venue for a focus group discussion on harmonizing data on education collected and processed by various statistical units of government agencies (vis-à-vis its implication in setting or meeting targets/indicators of the Education 2030).

Among the speakers were Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo and Assistant Secretary Elvin Uy, TESDA Deputy Director General Rosanna Urdaneta, NEDA Division Chief Susan Carandang PH Commission on Women Chairperson Remedios Rikken, Expert on Lifelong Learning, Dr. Erlinda Pifeano, SEAMEO-INNOTECH’s Dr. Ramon Bacani, and DFA-UNIO’s Director Donna Gatmaytan.
Around 100 participants were invited, which included leaders in education, policy makers, technical staff, and representatives of civil society, the academe, youth, the private sector, and the media.

Reports and output of the Conference will be shared with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in view of its key role in operationalizing the new SDGs.