On September 30 2020, Kolisen Blong Leftemap Edukesen (KoBLE) in collaboration with the Vanuatu Teachers' Union facilitated a workshop on SDG4. The workshop was made possible through the funding support of Asia South Pacific Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE). Among the 34 participants present were school principals, teachers, student association representatives and CSOs working in the education sector.
Workshop facilitators Sophie Wilson, Neselinda Meta and Rhonda Natapei were from the Vanuatu Teachers’ Union. The workshop started with a brief history of the Millennium Development Goals (2000 to 2015) and how the MDG transformed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 agenda.
In 2019 the government of Vanuatu presented its first Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the United Nations High Level Political Forum in New York. The VNR is a voluntary self-assessment by a government of its progress in achieving the SDGs. SDG4 was one of the goals reviewed at the 2019 VNR. SDG4 has seven education targets and three means of implementation.
Neselinda Meta, President of the Council of Pacific Education, encouraged participants to forge new partnerships, with collaboration between public sector, private sector and civil society organisations to realise and achieve the SDG4. She called for a greater shared contextualised understanding of Vanuatu’s education system, so that all have access to higher quality education across the whole of Vanuatu.
KoBLE National Coordinator Shirley Abraham presented KoBLE’s 2019 Spotlight Report. The 2019 report acknowledged that SOC 2 in Vanuatu’s National Sustainable Development plan was great in addressing issues in education, but several targets are not prioritized or have demonstrated limited progress are: SDG 4.4 (increase the number of people with relevant skills for financial success); 4.5 (eliminate all discrimination in education); 4.6 (universal literacy and numeracy); 4.7 (education for sustainable development); 4.7a (build and update inclusive and safe school).
Mrs Abraham highlighted three recommendations KoBLE has put forward that education must address: 1. Access to Education (financial) 2. Educational Pathways and Lifelong Learning and 3.Inclusive Education.
CSOs working on the education sector who attended the workshop were engouraged to continue up-scaling their programs in the different target areas that align to our National Sustainable Development Plan. Building on good existing models to support the government in achieving the 2030 education agenda. The highlight of the workshop was a panellist discussion that raised education issues with recommendations for priority action.
KoBLE Chairman Joel Pakoa, thanked the Teachers and Principals for their continuous hard work over the years to educate Vanuatu’s future leaders.
KoBLE acknowledge core funding support from Global Partnership for Education. KoBLE is dedicated to the advancement of educational opportunities for all Vanuatu citizens, especially for those from disadvantaged groups.