St.Kitts-Nevis Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education the Hon. Shawn K. Richards is among regional Education Ministers at the first regional ministerial meeting On 24-25 January in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The meeting is being held under the theme “E2030: Education and Skills for the 21st Century” within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Education ministers and representatives of multilateral organizations in the region will discuss how to align national education policies and priorities with the SDG 4 commitment to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning”.
Deputy Prime Minister Richards is among the featured speakers at a roundtable discussion which will look at the renewed focus on the quality of education for sustainable development .
The Education Ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean will be seeking to Build Consensus on Education 2030 Strategies and Implementation
The meeting will take place in the San Martín Palace, the headquarters of Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, and will be the first regional Ministerial follow-up meeting for the Education 2030 Agenda (Sustainable Development Objective 4), which seeks to ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.’
This is a space for dialogue, where attendees will be informed about the Education 2030 targets and the roadmap for reaching them: the Education 2030 Framework for Action. This document, approved in November 2015 by the international community at the World Education Forum (2015), offers governments and their partners guidelines for transforming commitments into action. From this common starting point, information will be shared and areas for work and targets will be discussed, along with the coordination mechanisms and monitoring instruments to ensure their fulfilment.
At the meeting, which will also be attended by representatives of multilateral and regional organizations as well as of civil society, a shared regional vision of Education 2030 (E2030) will be defined, which will be used to generate strategies and programs at the national and regional levels. These will then be expressed in a joint declaration called the ‘Buenos Aires Declaration’.
The Buenos Aires meeting represents the first and most important step in this direction. It will be the first encounter of its type after the adoption of the Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015. It provides a space for dialogue between Ministers of Education from across Latin America and the Caribbean and other education stakeholders in this key area for the future of the generations to come.
The meeting is organized by the Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sport of the Republic of Argentina.