The United Nations Secretary-General is convening the Transforming Education Summit during the 77th UN General Assembly. The summit will be held on Monday 19 September 2022 in New York. The Summit seeks 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.
A Pre-Summit was held in Paris from 28-30 June 2022, including a Day of Engagement, Side Events and a Youth Summit. The overall objective of the Pre-Summit is to harness the evolving discussions on transforming education, elaborate initial content for the Summit, and generate greater momentum in the lead up to September. The main outcome will be a greater momentum in advance of the September Summit and a shared understanding as to the key elements of transforming education to inform the Secretary-General's Summit Summary and Call to Action.
We are sharing with you the Urgent Call for Action by the SDG4-Education 2030 High-Level Steering Committee on the occasion of the Transforming Education Summit as part of the Transforming Education Pre-Summit process.
Work streams and Thematic Action Tracks
The Transforming Education Summit preparatory process will be advanced across three intersecting and reinforcing work streams: National consultations, Thematic Action Tracks and public engagement and mobilisation. The objective of the Thematic Action Tracks work stream is to place a spotlight on a small number of areas that require greater attention and action and that can accelerate progress on education and the 2030 Agenda and transform education. Action tracks will identify evidence-based examples of successful policy interventions and mobilise new commitments to action, building on and strengthening existing initiatives, partnerships and coalitions, including those that emerged in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The action tracks are:
- Inclusive, equitable, safe and healthy schools
- Learning and skills for life, work and sustainable development
- Teachers, teaching and the teaching profession
- Digital learning and transformation
- Financing of education
National consultations are ongoing in all regions, supported by the UN Resident Coordinators. A Transforming Education Summit Mobilisation Hub has been set by the Summit Secretariat. It is integrated by an initial core group of 15 members coordinated and convened by the UN Foundation. The Hub is aimed at:
- Creating an advocacy and campaigning space for partners
- Discussing what is ongoing and what is planned
- Aligning efforts for the Education movement
- Creating a core cell of partners to help build a global movement
The role of ALE in the Transforming Education Summit
It was encoring to recognise that adult learning and education (ALE) was an integral part of the agenda of the Pre-Summit: The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the Kingdom of Morocco organised a side meeting on “Adult learning and education as a lever for transformation – Transforming Education Pre-Summit side event”, where the main outcomes of the Adult Education World Conference CONFINTEA VII were presented. Representatives from civil society, including the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) and the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) advocated for paying more attention to the role of ALE in transformative education.