Civil society organisations will present policy proposals on the world’s most pressing educational challenges to a historic first meeting of G20 education ministers taking place on 5th September 2018 in Mendoza, Argentina.
The meeting will see civil society organisations, many with decades of experience on the coalface in education, present ministers with four key policy papers.
While the G20 has met regularly since its inception in September 1999, it is the very first time all the G20 education ministers have held a summit, at a time when there is growing concern about the global education crisis. Around the world, there are nearly 263 million children out of school, and of the 650 million primary school-age children in school, 250 million are not learning the basics. At current rates of progress it will take until 2072 to eradicate illiteracy among young people, and, in order to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of quality education for all, we will need to recruit 69 million teachers by 2030. These educational failings endanger the future health of the global economy.
“The institutional knowledge of civil society organisations, often acquired over decades and combined with extensive on-the-ground experience, means we have insights that could be of huge benefit to ministers.” [Vikas Pota, Chairman of the Varkey Foundation]
Meeting on the fringe of the G20 summit convened to address these pressing issues, a group of civil society organisations including Plan International Canada, Education International, and the Harvard School of Education will bring their decades of first-hand experience dealing with education challenges on the ground to bear, as they come up with imaginative, practical and pioneering solutions.
Representatives of the CSOs will meet with President Mauricio Macri and present their recommendations to the G20 education ministers including their chair, Argentina’s national minister of education, to aid the G20 discussions and help develop an action plan on how to best solve the world’s deepening education problems.
The CSOs are due to debate how the international community can lead the way on education, what role the G20 can play to strengthen vital education reforms, how barriers to social mobility can be broken down and how digital literacy can best be deployed to lead education into the 21st century. Among policy papers the group of CSOs will discuss are how to create a highly motivated and professional teaching force; issues around education, equity and inclusion; how to match the future labour market with the right youth skills; and how education, young people and social media interact.
Jointly chairing the education CSOs gathering will be Esteban Bullrich, Senator from Buenos Aires and Argentina’s former Minister for Education, and Vikas Pota, Chairman of the Varkey Foundation.