The Incheon Declaration was signed in culmination of the World Education Forum held in Incheon last week, at which a delegation from Education Above All participated, including Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. The Qatari Delegation to the World Education Forum was headed by HE the Minister of Education, Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi. Mr. Marcio Barbosa, EAA’s CEO represented the EAA delegation in the Declaration session of the World Education Forum.
Dr Hamda Al Sulaiti, the representative of Qatar during the Plenary Session that adopted the declaration said: "Qatar fully supports the declaration and we are very pleased to see the points raised by Her Highness Sheikha Moza included in the final text".
The Declaration is a historic commitment to transform lives through a new vision for education, with bold and innovative actions to coordinate, finance and monitor the education agenda for the next fifteen years. With the Incheon Declaration, Member States have committed to prioritise access to quality basic education to the 121 million children and adolescents at the primary and lower secondary level who remain out of school. This commitment is a significant step towards completing the unfinished goal of Millennium Development Goal 2 to achieve universal primary education. The Declaration will underpin the education targets in the Sustainable Development Goals that will be ratified at a special summit at the United Nations in September.
Of particular importance is the recognition of the need to build on the lessons learned by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the commitment to provide meaningful education opportunities for the large population of out of school children who require immediate, targeted and sustained action to ensure that all children are in school and learning.
Speaking at the opening of the multilateral international forum on Tuesday, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, appealed to all participants to embrace the new agenda with pragmatism and realism and focus on the 58 million children of primary school age around the world that are out of school.
Speaking on a panel entitled “Providing meaningful learning opportunities for out of school children”, Mary Joy Pigozzi, Director of EAC’s Educate A Child (EAC), a programme of EAA, stated:
“We are at an important juncture. Education ministries and education systems are adopting proven innovations developed by other partners. This is an extraordinary opportunity to improve the quality of education while also ensuring access to this better education for the most marginalized.”