Global community urged to support transforming education

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Satyendra Prasad. Picture: FIJI GOVERNMENT

The global community has been urged to support transforming education and support efforts to turbocharge transformations across the education sector in Fiji and across the Pacific Islands.

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Satyendra Prasad made the call at the Transforming Education Summit on Financing Education in New York this week.

Mr Prasad said Fiji’s education progress was held hostage to the persistent impacts of climate change.

“Climate finance needs to include windows that are specific to the education sector,” Mr Prasad said.

During his recent visit to Waiqele Primary, All Saints Secondary and Labasa College in Macuata, Mr Prasad interacted with students about their hopes for education sector transformations.

He told the UN that Fijian students looked forward to action, not words alone, and solidarity that they could feel in their classrooms and in their communities.

Mr Prasad shared Fiji’s aspirations to draw in private and innovative financing to drive Fiji’s Digital Learning Revolution.

Meanwhile, the Fijian Government has co-chaired the summit with the government of Belgium in an effort to present a new global compact on financing educational transformations.

Minister for Education Premila Kumar had participated in the preparatory process, leading up to the Transforming Education Summit, which is now underway in New York at the UN General Assembly meeting.

He called on leaders to support the global compact.

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