07 Sep 2016 16:30pm
REHOBOTH, 07 SEP (NAMPA) The Directorate of Education in the Hardap Region launched Sustainable Development Goal Four (SDG4), which aims for inclusive and quality education for all, here on Friday.
The theme of the launch was Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
The SDGs became the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expired at the end of 2015 when United Nations (UN) Member States adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure shared prosperity and foster global peace.
SDG4s aim is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The national launch of SDG4 in Namibia took place in May this year, and each region is now launching it at regional level.
The goal includes increasing enrolment at primary school level, specifically for girls.
In a statement delivered on his behalf during the event, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Representative in Namibia, Dr Jean-Pierre IIboudo said the world has made tremendous progress in education since 2000 when the six Education for All (EFA) goals and MDGs were established.
Those goals were however not reached by the 2015 deadline and continued action is needed to complete the unfinished agenda, IIboudo said.
In her keynote address at the launch, Hardap Governor Esme Isaak said the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture reviewed their strategic themes to match and promote the implementation of SDGs.
These goals should be implemented to provide accessible, equitable, inclusive quality education for a tolerant, skilled, productive and competitive nation. Todays launch is testimony of our commitment towards the implementation of SDG4 and its targets, she said.