Call for UN to deliver on quality education

Mosman HS student Harmony Lovegrove sang at Educational International's Sydney event.

Education International wants education as a stand-alone goal on the United Nation's post-2015 development agenda, so has spent the past year raising awareness about the need for quality teachers, quality teaching and learning tools, and quality environments for all the world's children.

Federation's auditorium in Sydney was the kick-off point for the campaign's culmination tour in September. Following the Sydney ceremony, events were held in New Delhi, Pretoria, Brussels, Buenos Aires and New York before Education International representatives took the campaign to leaders in town for the United Nations General Assembly.

Australian Education Union Federal Secretary Susan Hopgood told the Sydney event: "When we looked across the global landscape, we could see the efforts to meet the basic education goals had fallen short."

"It is not enough just to get children into schools. As the global organising representing professionals in education, we knew that the quality of the educational experience presented, and which children received in schools was vital and that is why we have insisted on quality education for all.

"So, Educational International and the educators we represent seized our own opportunity to define solutions not only for the tens of millions who never get to school, but also for those who are in school but who are not learning sufficiently to take their place in society."

Australian Education Union Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos said there were still some 60 million kids around the world who don't attend school.

"There's only one reason for it: lack of political will on the part of governments, globally."

The Unite Campaign Global Culmination video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrTNWzdPN6U.