Why such a short notice?
August 3, 2022
The National Federation Party has questioned the short notice, level of public awareness and stakeholder inclusivity for the so-called national dialogue on ‘transforming education’ which will be convened tomorrow (Thursday 4th August).
NFP Vice-President and Opposition Parliamentarian Lenora Qereqeretabua said our education system consists of a number of key stakeholders tirelessly contributing towards the provision of schooling and education.
Therefore, she said, the inclusion of all stakeholders, irrespective of their size, will be crucial for collective reflection and policy making on how education systems can evolve to accompany and support the transformation by 2030.
“It has been reported that the outcomes from this national dialogue will provide Fiji’s commitment on transforming education at the Transforming Education Summit (TES) to be held in September at the UN General Assembly in New York”.
“Given the importance of a National Statement of Commitment, public engagement and mobilization to democratize dialogue by including all stakeholders in education such as civil society, teacher unions, youth organizations, religious bodies, and all other partners will be crucial”.
“We understand that this ‘national dialogue’ on transforming education in Fiji is supported by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, UNICEF and UNESCO”.
“As the focal point to coordinate support and monitor progress of the national consultations within their regional coverage, we also call on the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office to ensure the meaningful engagement of young people and the full set of education stakeholders”.
“The UN is a peoples' body and its engagement and partnership with member states must reflect this”.