Post-2015: Network of Latin America and the Caribbean make recommendations on education to the High Level Panel

Translated by ICAE

The panel met in New York from 13 to 15 May for the elaboration of the report which proposes the priorities of the post-2015 framework Last May 16, the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE), the Council of Popular Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (CEAAL), the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), the Popular Education Netwok among Women (REPEM) and the World Education Forum (WEF) sent a letter to the High Level Panel of the United Nations in which they reaffirm their priorities for the Post-2015 education agenda. The letter , entitled Education is a fundamental human right: A Call from civil society networks from Latin America and the Caribbean also compiles the main proposals on the subject of education of the Consultation with civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Guadalajara, Mexico [learn more here].

In the letter, the organizations highlight that:
•    The democratic process should remain – and increasingly – the rationale for decisions on the conceptual framework of the Post-2015
•    Education is a fundamental human right that enables the realization of other rights and, as such, must be reaffirmed, realized and strengthened in all its dimensions: accessibility, adaptability, acceptability and availability
•    Education of Youth and Adults should be prioritized on the international frameworks and national policies, explicitly.
•    Education is key to the transformation of values, attitudes and the imaginary, as well as for the incorporation of cultural practices that promote the empowerment of women and new democratic practices of valuing differences.
•    The principle of secular education is a prerequisite for democracy and to promote human rights and ensure that women’s rights are recognized.
The High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda  met from 13 to 15 May in New York, USA, to discuss the contents that will be included in the first report to propose priorities for the framework to replace the Millennium Goals in the Post-2015 – and, according to authorities who coordinate the process, will take into account an assessment of the results of a series of consultations with civil society, private sector and academia, among others. The target date for the release of the report is May 31.

The Panel, appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, bring together representatives from the public and private sectors and the civil society responsible for advising the process of discussion and definition of the framework. The body is co-coordinated by the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the First Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron.

Mobilized civil society. Many organizations and civil society networks sent letters to the High Level Panel in the context of the meeting in New York [see all posts here]. CLADE signed two other letters: Human Rights for All Post-2015, an initiative of a group of international NGOs, and a letter sent at the initiative of Social Watch and the Arab Network of NGOs for Development.

Another fundamental contribution sent by civil society was the letter from the directors of major international NGOs  – ActionAid, among others.
Resources:
•    Download here the letter Education is a fundamental human right: A Call from civil society networks from Latin America and the Caribbean (in English), by CLADE, CEAAL, ICAE, REPEM and FME
•    Download here the letter Human Rights for All Post-2015 (in English)
•    Download here the letter sent by Social Watch and the Arab Network of NGOs for Development (in English)
•    Download here the letter of the directors of major international NGOs (in English)

 

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