Sustainable Development Goal-4

UNESCO, UNICEF, Federal Ministry of Education and Professional Training, Provincial Ministries of Education launched successful consultations.

Four consultations were held in four cities in Pakistan (Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar) within the framework of the global SDG-4 and its targets which aim at ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. The workshops were drawn upon the Framework For Action (FFA) Education 2030 adopted in November 2015 by UNESCO Member States that aims at supporting all countries to realize their own vision and ambitions for education.
First step ahead: National Consultation
UNESCO, UNICEF, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training jointly organized the first step of national consultation workshop to prepare national strategies and roadmaps towards the
implementation of the SDG-4/ the Education 2030 Agenda.
This workshop was held on 15th December 2015 in Islamabad. Its objective aimed at developing a common understanding on SDG-4 and devising a roadmap and effective strategies for attainment of quality of education and goals set for 2030 which were adopted at the World Education Summit in May 2015 in Incheon Republic of Korea.
The event was attended by over 150 participants including officials of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional training (MoFE&PT), provincial/area education departments, civil society organizations, academia, media, United Nations agencies and donor community.
Second step: Provincial consultations
The second step started in Karachi (Sindh) with a first provincial consultation on 23rd February 2016. The Education and Literacy Department of the Ministry of Provincial Education Sindh aimed at aligning all
their activities, targets and policies as per the Sustainable development Goals (SDG-4) and the five year Sindh Education Sector Plan.
The two-day Consultative workshop was inaugurated by the Senior Minister of Education and Literacy Sindh, Mr. Nisar Ahmad Khuhro and by other governmental and UN representatives' agencies. The workshop aimed at introducing the new Sustainable Development Goals focusing on the SDG-4, which caters Education and align its Education Sector Plan to it.
The second provincial consultation was held on 3rd March 2016 in Lahore (Punjab) with the presence of the Government of the Punjab, School Education Department, Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training.
UNESCO and UNICEF jointly organized a two-day consultation workshop to sensitize the provincial government in Lahore on Sustainable development Goal - 4 and to support it in aligning its Education Sector Plan with the SDG-4.
The third provincial consultation took place in Peshawar (KPK) on 15th March 2016, where a two-day consultation aimed at building the understanding and knowledge of key education sector stakeholders of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
More than 150 officials and representatives from the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Provincial and District Education Departments, development partners' community, civil society organizations took part in this consultation.
The outcome of these consultations was the setting up of provincial committees who are currently working on aligning their provincial education plan to the Sustainable Development Goal - 4 and its targets.
Future consultations and sum up
Additional provincial consultations will take place for the special areas: the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Kashmir & Islamabad Capital Territory (4th & 5th May 2016) in Islamabad and will be followed in South of Punjab (22nd & 23rd April 2016) and in Baluchistan (18th & 19th May 2016). The objective of these consultations will be also to set up provincial committees to adapt their provincial education plan to the Sustainable Development Goal - 4 and its targets.
Finally, these national and provincial consultations will be concluded by a wrap-up session, planned on 15th June 2016 in Islamabad, to develop a final national strategy towards the SDG-4/ Education 2030 Agenda.