Education can help drive SDGs for Sustainable Development – Commonwealth official
Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland said education plays a pivotal role in equipping future generations with the tools to tackle some of the most pressing issues.
Scotland said this when she addressed more than 200 attendees, including education ministers, academics, professionals and other stakeholders, at the Council of Education in the Commonwealth annual conference, which took place this week, in Windhoek.
“Education and collaborative working are central to addressing challenges such as climate change, violent extremism, violence against women and girls and strengthening the facilitation of trade promotion across the Commonwealth,” she said.
The conference ran under the theme, “Leading the Elephant out of the Bush-Education and business together Bridging the Gap”, which she said highlighted the dynamic and symbiotic relationship between education, employment and economic development on which is depended for a future of sustainable prosperity.
“The Commonwealth’s electric mix of talents and cultures and diversity gives us a richness of understanding that few organizations can hope to emulate and member countries are uniquely placed to face the new paradigm and create a better future,” she added.
The Secretary-General said the importance of collaboration with other Commonwealth member states, as well as with partner organizations such as the Association of Commonwealth Universities, which will ensure that countries learn from each others successes and failures to ensure a stronger approach going forward.
For the first time the conference took place outside of London in 58 years and according to her the outcome of the conference is set to help inform the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in Fiji in March 2018.