– Partnering for Education – Oslo Summit on Education for Development

Published on: Jul 15, 2015

De Samenwerking voor het onderwijs side-event at the Oslo Summit on Education for Development had an impressive array of High-level attendees, including Malala Yousafzai, Ban Ki-moon, Gordan Brown, Peter Vesterbacka (creator of Angry Bird) and Heads of State from Rwanda, Pakistan, South Sudan, Malawi  – all of whom were hosted by the Norwegian Minister Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende.  The speakers on Equity Panel, chaired by David Archer of ActionAid, did well to illustrate the plight of groups that are even more marginalised such children with disabilities and children who are orphaned, left to fend and fight for survival in situations of extreme poverty. Nafisa Baboo, Senior Advisor for LIGHT FOR THE WORLD and Coordinator of the IDDC Inclusive Education Task Group, focused in haar speech on recommendations for states to ensure that the draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Education delivers on the promise of ‘Inclusive and equitable quality Education and lifelong learning opportunities for all” for persons with disabilities. The recommendations included improving data, teacher education, early childhood development as well as enhanced financing, policy and planning. The main recommendation, also reflected in the expert report Towards a Disability Inclusive Education, calls for the establishment of a Global Inclusive Education Facility for children with disabilities to address the financing and coordination gap between states and partners, promote robust policy dialogue, build evidence and support states in strategic implementation planning. The Facility would have “the primary mandate of coordinating responses to support the implementation of the disability targets in the Education For All (EFA) Framework and the SDGs thereby ensuring children with disabilities are able to fully benefit from global progress in education development”.

Een van de meest constructieve resultaten van de Top van Oslo was de vorming van een Wereldwijde Commissie voor de Financiering van Onderwijs, bijeengeroepen door UNESCO en de Noorse premier mevrouw Sohlberg met de steun van de presidenten van Indonesië, Malawi en Chili; deze commissie wordt geleid door Gordon Brown en wil tegen september 2016 verslag uitbrengen aan Ban Ki-moon. Deze commissie kan enorm belangrijk zijn bij het veranderen van financieringstrends voor onderwijs voor kinderen met een handicap, dus het is van essentieel belang dat we de Commissie vragen om de kwestie van financiering voor inclusief onderwijs voor leerlingen met een handicap vanaf het begin.

David Archer pointed out that, “It would have been good for the Summit to have done more to flag up the connections between girls’ education and other equity concerns in education, for example the fact that the poorest children are four times less likely to enrol in school than the richest – and are five times less likely to complete. Or indeed that the 93 million children under 15 with disabilities face some of the biggest obstacles in going to school and staying in school.” For more information please refer to the Oslo Declaration.

Onze oprechte dank gaat uit naar al onze kameraden die hartstochtelijk hebben gepleit voor de rechten van kinderen met een handicap in Oslo: leden van het International Disability and Development Consortium Inclusive Education Task Group, Marion Steff van SightSavers, Julia McGeown van Handicap International, Atlas Aliance, mevrouw Ann-Marit Saebones, Ambrose Murangira en het uitstekende team van Atlas Alliance en Save the Children.

[Artikel door Nafisa Baboo, Light for the World en IDDC Inclusive Education TG Coordinator]

Bronartikel uit IDDC

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