Global Meeting on Education 2020 (GEM 2020)

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Post Covid-19 Education: Extraordinary Session of the Global Meeting on Education 2020

Mercedes Mayol Lassalle (OMEP World President), Lisbeth Gouin (OMEP Representative in UNESCO Paris) and Ingrid Engdhal (OMEP Vice President for Europe) have represented OMEP in the extraordinary session of the Global Meeting on Education 2020 ( GEM 2020), convened by UNESCO with the aim of providing a space for discussion on the situation of education worldwide, considering the new post-pandemic challenges, and the measures for the recovery and continuity of the Decade of Action for the fulfillment of the SDGs.

The session was coordinated by the governments of Ghana, Norway, and the United Kingdom; and had the participation of various actors: high-level political leaders (Heads of State and Ministers of each region), policy makers and agents of global education, representatives of the United Nations and international organizations, special guests (HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Mr Gordon Brown, Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Ms Angelina Jolie.)

The main topics of the meeting were:

  1. Protect national and international financing of education
  2. Safe reopening of schools
  3. Focus on inclusion, equity and gender equality
  4. Reimagine teaching and learning
  5. Leverage connectivity and equitable technologies for learning
  6. RME 2020 follow-up: Towards better global cooperation for education

After the Global Meeting, a statement has been published expressing: concern about the humanitarian crisis caused by the pandemic, as well as the attacks against teachers, students and schools. In addition, it has been agreed to maintain the commitment to the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, especially SDG 4; strengthen global cooperation and invest in inclusive, equitable and quality education.

OMEP participation

Since its creation in 1948, OMEP has had a consultative status with the United Nations and UNESCO. In 2014, OMEP achieved special consultative status with the United Nations. To strengthen its advocacy action, it participates in meetings and committees for civil society of the United Nations system, as well as links with the national governments of more than 70 countries in the construction of public policies that have a direct and indirect impact on the lives of boys and girls. On the other hand, Mercedes Mayol Lassalle-World President of OMEP, has been elected as a member of the Coordinating Group of CCNGO / Education 2030

It is for this reason that for OMEP it is essential to coordinate its work with the United Nations, actively participating in events and meetings, in order to defend the rights of early childhood.

7th annual meeting of the Technical Cooperation Group on the Indicators for SDG4-Education 2030 (TCG)

Mercedes Mayol Lassalle, has participated in the TGC7 meeting virtually, held from October 27 to 29. The main objective of this meeting was to monitor compliance with the SDG 4 indicators, each day specific issues were addressed: on the first day, “the impending methodological developments, refinements and challenges related to the implementation of the Thematic Monitoring Framework of the SDG 4.”; On the second day, the impacts of COVID-19 in the world were evaluated, as well as the ways to proceed in the monitoring of SDG 4, taking into account the recommendations based on the current context. Finally, on the third day, the implementation strategies were reviewed considering regional parameters and the importance of achieving SDG 4 taking into account the Education 2030 Framework for Action was emphasized.

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