Press Release:-Synergies are being fostered between the education and sustainable development sectors within countries of the Commonwealth, in order to drive delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for education in the countries of the 52-member grouping.
Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert is currently in London, along with various education ministers from across the Commonwealth, for the first Education Ministers Action Group (EMAG) Meeting.
Formed as an output from the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) in The Bahamas in June of 2015, the EMAG will act as a body, with the collective strength of the Commonwealth, to advocate for the SDGs within their countries and regions.
Dr. Rigobert believes education is pivotal to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and pledges her ministry’s support in ensuring the SDGs for education are met by Saint Lucia.
“We have a plethora of agencies working in education, but the challenge is how do we synthesize what we do, and how do we integrate the work being done in and by other agencies. The goal is to align our activities so as to better enable us to meet our SDGs,” the minister remarked.
Dr. Rigobert underscored the need to harness existing strengths or capabilities, but also, how to harness new talents. She also flagged concern about the underperformance of boys and reiterated the urgency to focus on boys’ education, offering a more diverse curriculum that better reflects a range of interests.
“We need to focus on creating more opportunities for children from economically challenged homes. Of necessity, we need to promote lifelong learning and to do more to increase the uptake of existing opportunities, diversifying the curriculum and integrating ICTs in education. We also need to train teachers, so as to improve their e-competency, to equip them to function effectively in the twenty-first century classroom,” said Dr. Rigobert.
The Two-day Education Ministers Action Group (EMAG) Meeting also focuses on topics such as Ministerial Leadership in realizing the SDGs; mobilizing resources for education across the Commonwealth; building strategic partnerships for the SDGs; Commonwealth Education Quality Status and strengthening student mobility, Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowship.