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Sustainability and resilience: can education deliver? Thematic Issues Paper

Koya, Cresantia F. (2018) Sustainability and resilience: can education deliver? Thematic Issues Paper. [Professional and Technical Reports]

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    Abstract

    The Commonwealth is facing many challenges in the twenty-first century. These include burgeoning youth populations, climate change and environmental uncertainty, high rates of out-of-school youth, persistent illiteracy and poverty, increasing cybercrime and ethnic and religious tensions. Educational investment lies at the heart of public policy responses to these challenges and is a primary mechanism to meet the shifting needs of societies in transition. There is a new agenda for educational development across the Commonwealth that has benefited from inputs made under 18CCEM and 19CCEM. Commonwealth ministers have emphasized the key role of education for sustainable development (ESD) while reaffirming the Commonwealth values of equity, access and development (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2015). The Nassau Declaration (2015) noted a range of challenges facing Commonwealth member countries, relating to participation in early childhood care and education (ECCE), out-of-school children, adult illiteracy, gender disparities in primary and secondary schooling and funding gaps. It mandated a number of actions, including establishment of the Education Ministers Action Group and the Commonwealth Accelerated Development Mechanism for Education Technical Working Group. It also developed the Commonwealth Education Policy Framework and the commonwealth Curriculum Framework to enable and set up the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan Task Force. The overarching theme of the 20CCEM, ‘Sustainability and resilience: Can education deliver?’, raises important questions. These include, how can education systems deliver high-quality learning for all children, youth and adults at affordable costs? How should education systems change to promote sustainable development that does not deplete the economic, cultural and social resources of the planet? What kind of resilience should be encouraged to prepare new generations to meet the demands of the future? How can sustainable educational development be financed? How can equity, efficiency and effectiveness be promoted to deliver rights to education to all that include ESD?

    Item Type: Professional and Technical Reports
    Additional Information: Dr Koya was the lead author for USP on this paper which was published for the CCEM held in Nadi, Fiji in February of 2018. The paper was commissioned by the Commonwealth but it was NOT a consultancy as there was no funding allocated for the writer(s). Staff who advised on the drafting of the paper included Professor Konai Thaman and AP Ann-Cheryl Armstrong. Dr. Koya wrote the paper which was then edited by the Commonwealth team.
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
    L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
    L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
    L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
    Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE)
    Depositing User: Cresantia Koya-Vakauta
    Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2018 11:15
    Last Modified: 11 Jun 2018 11:44
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/10778
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