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Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

High-Level Event on Education - SDG4

28 June 2017

On 28 June 2017, a High-Level Event on Education was convened in partnership with key SDG 4 stakeholders to drive a new push for inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Sustainable Development Goal 4, education, is at the heart of the UN’s 2030 Agenda and essential for the success of all Sustainable Development Goals.

National governments and the international community need to ensure quality education for all; smart, innovative measures to reach young learners, and education and training which are more relevant to addressing the social, environmental and economic challenges that face the world. Education on a basis of equality for girls and boys, women and men across all education systems and initiatives is also critical in achieving gender equality, reducing child mortality, delaying marriage and generating female leaders amongst other factors that contribute to societal progress. 

Raising awareness of the new development agenda, fostering better understanding about the SDGs and their interconnectedness and promoting global citizenship, all play an instrumental role in making progress not only towards SDG 4, but also towards the entire Agenda 2030.

The event elaborated on how to advance the incorporation of the SDGs into the curricula of every school in the world.

Education in Vulnerable and Humanitarian Situations

During the afternoon of this day-long event, a panel was organized entitled "Education in emergencies, conflict and humanitarian situations".

Moderated by INEE Director, Dean Brooks, this panel discussed education in vulnerable and humanitarian emergency situations including fragmented, marginalized and disadvantaged geographic regions with emphasis on discrimination based on gender, disability, ethnicity and language.

The Panelists and respondents were:

  •  MS. CAROLYN MILES, CEO, Save the Children, USA
  •  MR. OMAR ABDI, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
  •  MR. FAHAD AL-SULAITI, Chairman, Education Above All
  •  MS. YASMINE SHERIF, Director, Education Cannot Wait
  •  MR. GEOFFREY LOANE, Education Advisor to the Director of Operations, ICRC
  •  MS. PETRA NEMCOVA, Happy Hearts Fund (Respondent)
  •  MR. DOR AKECH ACHIEK, Settlement Services International (Respondent)

A video recording of the event (inset above) is available, and you can download the briefing note of this panel, which includes biographies of each of the panelists. The written report of this event will be posted here as soon as it is available.