National Consultation on SDG 4 and Education 2030

Major Highlights of “National Consultation on SDG 4 and Education 2030”

With the objective of enriching the mind of tIMG_0024he educational stakeholders with the targets and indicators of SDGs and lobbying the government for the localization and contextualization of  the vague and ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as per the National Country context , National Campaign for Education Nepal (NCE Nepal) working for the educational transformation,  conducted a National Consultation on 5th July, 2016 regarding the SDG Goal 4 and Education 2030. The program came up with a unanimous consensus for the need to enhance the capacity of the educational stakeholders to increase the ownership of the local people on the SDGs and make the SDG people’s document. For this, CSOs agreed upon the need to consolidate and collaborate for the joint advocacy from all the educational stakeholders including the government.   

Mr. Cecilia Soriano (Program and Operation Coordinator, ASPBAE) explained about the targets and indicators of the SDG Goal 4 and the process that was adopted to formulate the goals. She kept forth the need to look upon the global as well as regional updates and correspondingly so as to develop the national as well as local indicators and also to grab the numerous opportunities available around us. Apart from the international scenario, Mr. Balaram Timalsina [Secretary, Nepal National Commission for UNESCO( NNCU)] updated about the major programs initiated so far in the Nepalese Context.  Informing about the formation of the facilitation team formed by Ministry of Education, that ought to be IMG_0042working for the “National Framework of Action”, he stressed upon moving together for achievement and appealed the major stakeholders of education to take the responsibility of Education Advocacy.  Dr. Mukundamani Khanal (Undersecretary, Ministry of Education and lead of SSDP secretariat introduced the introduction of the Sector Development Plan (SSDP) as a complementary document of SDG and rationalized that the education ministry has been concentrated upon the educational issues looking forth the conclusions drawn from the Education for All (EFA)’s lesson and also stressed upon the need for all the education stakeholders to consolidate and collaborate with the network like NCE Nepal to enhance the education quality through Joint Monitoring Mechanism.IMG_0028

Regarding the role of the Civil Society Organizations, Mr. Raj Kumar Gandharba (President, NCE Nepal) highlighted the tough pathways crossed thereto and the crucial role played by NCE Nepal for the formulation of the SDG goals and Education 2030. He also marked up the future actions plans and the roles to be played for the localization, sensitization and awareness of the SDG 4 throughout the nation to make the goals and indicators owned by the Nepalese people. Moreover, the other representatives from the various groups including those from the differently able groups, dalits, marginalized and indigenous groups, women and other related stakeholders of the society expressed their strong view that the programs and policies made should not be limited only upon the papers and dialogues but now there exists a strong need to transcribe the words into the action plans along with the coordination and collaboration of all the societies, groups and sectors of people. Beyond this, they suggested to localize the SDG documents so that the community people could own it and also organize such types of consultation programs at the local community level so that their voices could also be reflected in the National Framework of Action that ought to be developed by the Ministry of Education. 

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