IFGE welcomes the forthcoming United Nations Transforming Education Summit (TES) convened by the Secretary General during the 77th UN General Assembly in New York on 19 September. In this blog we want to share information about the Pre-Summit this month (28-30 June) and how it is intended to prepare for the TES in September.
The aim of the September TES is to mobilize political ambition, action, solutions and solidarity to transform education: to take stock of efforts to recover pandemic-related learning losses; to reimagine education systems for the world of today and tomorrow; and to revitalize national and global efforts to achieve SDG-4. More specifically the main expected outcomes of the TES are listed as : 1) National and international commitments to transform education; 2) greater public engagement around and support for transforming education; and 3) a Secretary General’s Summary and Call to Action, which will capture the knowledge/commitments generated by the Summit and its preparatory process, informing Summit follow-up including through the SDG4-Education 2030 High Level Steering Committee and the proposed intergovernmental Summit of the Future in 2023.
The Pre‐Summit event will take place at UNESCO Paris on 28‐30 June 2022. A Global Engagement Day on 28 June will include technical meetings on Thematic Action Tracks and engagements with key stakeholders. The High‐level segment consisting of Ministerial and Stakeholder engagement will take place from 29‐30 June 2022. The overall objective of the Pre‐Summit is to harness the evolving discussions on transforming education, elaborate initial content and establish a shared vision and suggested actions for the Summit, and generate greater momentum in the lead up to September. More specifically, the Pre‐Summit aims to provide an inclusive and open forum for:
Countries having advanced their national consultations to present preliminary outcomes of their consultations and share key elements of their commitment to transform education to inspire other countries to come forward with bold commitments and actions at the Summit in September.
Each Thematic Action Track to present spotlight initiatives emerging from the initial discussion papers and explore potential coalitions and partnerships to bring these to scale, in the lead up to the Pre‐Summit.
Creating momentum and serving as a key milestone towards a global movement for education, showcasing countries and education leaders, offering a platform for children, young people, students, parents, and teachers to share their vision and make their voices heard, and allowing stakeholders to come together and join forces to transform education
There will be a number of ways to engage with the Pre-Summit. The following public engagement will be facilitated.
– The voices of youth, students, and children as preliminary outputs from the World’s Largest Children’s Survey on Learning.
– Dialogue with civil society organizations and NGOs.
– A dedicated knowledge platform as a space for children, young people, and other stakeholders to interact and exchange knowledge.
You can find further information about the Pre-Summit and how to access events here:
Transforming Education Pre-Summit (sdg4education2030.org)