EWC contributed to the Europe and North America consultation

EWC Executive Director Ana Perona-Fjeldstad took part in a panel discussion on Learning for democratic citizenship and inclusive social development at the UNESCO Regional Consultation for Europe and North America in Strasbourg, October 24.


Perona-Fjeldstad presented the upcoming Council of Europe campaign FREE to SPEAK – SAFE to LEARN - Democratic Schools for All and why it is important for schools to learn from schools, the importance of listening to the voice of practitioners in the field and learn how they address challenges they face everyday. Other members of the panel were Haldis Holst, representing Education International, Hillegje vant Land from the International Association of Universities and Sjur Bergan, Council of Europe.

The consultation brought insights from the Europe and North American regions on progress towards the implementation of key SDG4-Education 2030 commitments. In line with regional education policy priorities, and building on existing regional coordination and mechanisms, the consultation reviewed national and regional strategies that aim to:

  • Further inclusion and equity in education with a particular focus on ensuring the right to education for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers in a lifelong learning perspective.
  • Enhance the relevance of education and learning at all levels for democratic citizenship and inclusive social development in line with the SDG4 focus on education for global citizenship and sustainable development.
  • Improve the effectiveness and equity of both domestic financing and international aid with a focus on communities and countries most in need.
  • Strengthen the monitoring of equity and quality in education and the interlinkages between national, regional and global monitoring of education goals, targets and commitments.

The outcome of this consultation will nourish discussions at the Global Education Meeting, 3-5 December 2018 in Brussels. It is part of a series of regional consultations which include, the Pan-African High-Level Conference on Education (Nairobi, 25-27 April 2018), the Asia-Pacific Education 2030 Consultation (Bangkok, 12-14 July 2018), the Latin American and Caribbean Ministerial Conference (Bolivia, 25-26 July 2018), and an Arab Education 2030 consultation planned for November 2018.

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