In 2015, 193 Member States convened to agree on a set of goals with specific targets to be achieved by 2030, that would help us align our efforts towards achieving a more sustainable planet. Of the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SDG-4 aspires for ensuring inclusive, equitable and quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. But what does this mean in reality? Is it about improving the quality of our present education system and making it inclusive to include learners who learn ‘differently’, and developing this same education system so it is equitable to all learners?
I would posit that we have put the cart before the horse. That we must first ask if the present education system is the ‘right’ system for our learners or is a fundamental change needed if we are to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond…………..
The Flexible Learning Strategies for Out of School Children programme is a UNESCO initiative with the aim of supporting inclusive and quality education for every child in the region. Our goal is to reach the remaining and most vulnerable 5% of children with no access to education in the region and support quality improvements in learning for every child.
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