The Deputy Permanent Secretary (DPS) at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (MoHERST) on Monday launched the 2015-2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report at the Regional Education Directorate (1) in Kanifing.
The event is jointly organised by The Gambia National Commission for UNESCO the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) with funding from UNESCO.
Speaking at the event, DPS Ebrima Sisawo said since 2002, UNESCO has published an evidence-based annual report to monitor progress towards the Education Millennium Development Goals (EMDGs). “Starting in 2016 a newly mandated series of reports entitled the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report monitors the state of education within the new framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (SDA),” DPS Sisawo said.
The first report in the new series, the 2016 GEM, he went on, focuses on the theme “Education for people and Planet: Creating Sustainable Future for All”; and that it discusses the transversality of education in the Sustainable Development Goals and beyond.
The purpose of this event, he went on is to share the GEM Report’s findings and initiate discussions with the education and development community in The Gambia, including policy makers, stakeholders, teachers, students; thus increase public awareness of education’s central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
As part of the launching ceremony, he said, a panel of experts would discuss the main conclusions and recommendations of the GEM Report 2016 and strategies to align the national education policy with Sustainable Development Goal4 (SDG4) and its related targets. He said the in-depth discussions on the event between the panelists and the audience will allow highlighting the opportunities and challenges posed by the new agenda for education, noting that the 2016 report establishes a monitoring framework and discusses key financing challenges.
The Report, DPS Sisawo continued, assesses post-2015 developments in governance, financing and intersectoral integration that have implications for research and policy in education.
He outlined the concept note for the 2016 report which is organised in four sections; namely: new concepts and changing emphasis in the post-2015 era; monitoring the post-2015 education goal and other targets; financing issues and challenges and the theme of education, sustainability and the post-2015 development agenda.
Delivering her statement at the ceremony, the Regional Education Planning Specialist, UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar, Lily Neyestani Hailu, said the purpose of the launching is to share the report, education for people and planet: creating sustainable future for all.
According to her, the report does not only highlight progress, but it also highlights the central role education plays for the achievements of the other SDGs, adding that all partners will have a key role to play in this report.
by Lamin B. Darboe