April 08, 2014 15:47

Update: Alliance2015 Roundtable on Education

Panel Speakers Camilla Croso, Umaru Alusine Bah and Limbani Nsapato (photo: Anne Sørensen)

A conference that offered a variety of perspectives, ideas and possible solutions in relation to enhancing the EU’s impact on education

As part of its three-year advocacy programme to strengthen and structure the dialogue between Alliance2015 members and the EU, and ahead of various EU and UN events on the issue, Alliance2015 hosted a Roundtable on Education in Copenhagen on March 31st.

The event gathered about sixty policy experts, practitioners and partners from across the EU and from partner countries in Africa and Latin America. UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Kisore Singh, kicked off the event, reminding everyone that education is a basic human right, which should underpin any future development framework.  Findings from the study “Scaling up EU impact on education post-2015,” were presented, focusing on ten key recommendations for the EU.

The well-designed conference enabled a vibrant exchange, confronting the challenges in countries such as Sierra Leone with the worrying trends of reduced education financing globally. The conference offered a variety of perspectives, ideas and possible solutions in relation to enhancing the EU’s impact on education. Participants generated a rich list of key action points motivating everyone to plan and act together on a progressive, human rights-based and ambitious agenda for education in the Post-2015 development.

The next step is to make sure the ideas from this Roundtable are heard at the GPE (Global Partnership on Education) replenishment event in Brussels in June 2014 and to contribute to the UN process on the post-2015 framework.

For more information and conference materials, please click here