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G20 Education Ministers’ Declaration 2018: unleashing potential through education

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Mendoza, 5 September 2018: During the 2017 G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, leaders emphasised the need to educate and train people with the skills needed for the rapidly evolving world of work. Argentina currently holds the G20 Presidency, and has highlighted education as a priority area, establishing a ministerial-level Education Working Group.

The G20 today convened its first ministerial-level meeting on education in Mendoza, Argentina, bringing together member state ministers for education and employment. Subsequently, the ministers issued a declaration affirming their commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 4 (quality education), and calling for education which equips students with 21st Century skills.
The ‘G20 Education Ministers’ Declaration 2018' is entitled ‘Building consensus for fair and sustainable development: Unleashing people’s potential.’ The Declaration identifies education to be a key driver for sustainable development. It calls for the creation of multiple flexible pathways into lifelong education and training, and for education that keeps pace with technological innovations, including artificial intelligence, big data and the Internet of Things.
The Declaration emphasises the need for the participation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It highlights a commitment to strengthening international cooperation, national and international investment in education, sharing knowledge and best practices, and developing collaborative initiatives.

Other key takeaways from the Declaration include:

- Expanding opportunities for girls to access a minimum of 12 years of quality education

- Enabling girls to access all levels of education, including through education targeted to address barriers, and especially those faced by adolescent girls

- Adopting measures to prevent all forms of violence, harassment and discrimination and to fight stereotypes in education and across society

- Providing support to teenage parents to encourage the continuation of secondary/tertiary education

During the ministers’ meeting, Audrey Azoulay, Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), presented UNESCO’s plan for access to quality, life-long education, and later met with Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina.

The G20 Education Minister’s Declaration will be submitted to the Leaders’ 2018 Summit, which takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 30 November to 1 December. Japan will assume the G20 Presidency in 2019. 


 

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