“Education must remain a priority for global development” – President Akufo-Addo
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has instructed the Member States of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to ensure that education remains a priority in countries’ common development agenda.
As the recently appointed National Financing Champion of the Global Partnership for Education, President Akufo-Addo sought UNESCO’s cooperation and support “to work towards building sustainable local financing solutions, so that we can develop the education system for the future we want in our different countries.
Addressing the 215th meeting of the Executive Board of UNESCO on Monday, October 10, 2021, in Paris, France, the President noted that the world does not have the luxury of choosing which crises it wants to resolve.
“Right now, we can’t choose between gun funding and education. We cannot choose between the interests of the current generation and the future of our girls and boys. We cannot choose geopolitical concerns over preserving our precious cultural heritages, lest we universally perish,” he said.
However, due to global instability, President Akufo-Addo noted that education has become one of many competing priorities in national budgets, with education sector development assistance also under serious pressure. .
“Indeed, countries reduced their spending on education after the onset of COVID-19 and, at the same time, direct aid to education from bilateral donors fell by around three hundred and fifty-nine million. ($359 million), which is not consistent with the goals of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda for Financing Sustainable Development and the goals of the SDGs,” he said.
The President continued: “We are further informed that the prospects for reaching the funding target, through voluntary contributions, are uncertain as several long-term donors have already significantly reduced their voluntary contributions to UNESCO in due to a change in development co-operation priorities, which has a significant impact on our delivery of the planned programme.
Despite these challenges, President Akufo-Addo commended UNESCO for the leading role it played in ensuring the success of the Transforming Education Summit, held on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly United in September of this year.
Necessitated by UNESCO’s founding report on the “Futures of Education”, the President indicated that the Transforming Education Summit, and indeed the pre-summit held here in Paris, had been extremely successful in lead the world to reflect deeply on the trajectory of education systems and how to meet the challenges of our time.
Addressing the Global Priority Africa programme, which was adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference at its 41st session, President Akufo-Addo expressed his satisfaction that UNESCO had made Africa a global priority, and is pleased to see that UNESCO’s flagship programs are relevant to achieving the objectives of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, namely “The Africa We Want”.
He also urged UNESCO’s Executive Board to help win the fight against climate change, especially as the planet is heading towards a dangerous tipping point due to climate change.
With this in mind, he commended UNESCO for its efforts to strengthen the “Man and the Biosphere Programme”, the objective of which is to help protect nature and the loss of biodiversity on a global scale. , through the concept of biosphere reserve.
“I urge UNESCO Member States to strengthen measures, at their respective national levels, that formally recognize the contribution of biosphere reserves and to designate more biosphere reserves and geoparks as a sure way to resolve the crisis. climate,” he added.
In conclusion, the President briefed the Governing Board on the news that Accra has been named UNESCO World Book Capital for 2023, making Accra part of the prestigious World Book Capitals Network.
This, he said, is an acknowledgment of the giant strides that Ghana and Africa are making in developing the book industry and creative arts in Ghana.
“The one-year program to celebrate this honor that UNESCO has given us will start on April 23, 2023, which is celebrated around the world as World Book and Copyright Day. I wish to take this opportunity to invite you all to join Ghana in this year of celebrations,” the President added.
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