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MOE and UNESCO launch Sustainable Development Goal 4 and the Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 in Myanmar

His Excellency Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister of Education, highlighting the relevance of the Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 to Myanmar in his keynote speech. © UNESCO

The Myanmar Ministry of Education (MOE) and UNESCO jointly launched the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4-Education 2030 agenda and the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report 2016 on 19 October 2016.  The event, held at the Ministry of Education in Nay Pyi Taw, was graced by the Union Minister of Education, His Excellency Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Chairman of the National Education Policy Commission (NEPC), Dr. Myo Myint, senior MOE officials, and Development Partners.

In July 2016, under the framework of the UNESCO Capacity Development for Education (CapED) Programme, Myanmar was selected as one of 10 countries globally – and only four in Asia – for an 18-month pilot that supports least developed countries in developing national capacities to integrate their SDG 4-Education 2030 commitments into national education policies and sector management, including the monitoring of progress towards SDG 4-Education 2030. 

MOE, with support from UNESCO, will establish a core team led by the National SDG 4 Coordinator to analyse existing education policies and plans, including the National Education Strategic Plan 2016-2021, in light of SDG 4-Education 2030.  In conjunction with relevant line ministries and agencies, a high-level committee will also be established to coordinate the education statistical work, monitor SDG 4-Education 2030 indicators, and develop Myanmar’s National Strategies for the Development of Education Statistics, a blueprint to develop capacity across the entire national education statistical system. 

In the opening speech, Dr. Myo Myint, NEPC Chairman, underscored Myanmar’s commitment to the SDG 4-Education 2030 agenda, “As a member of both the United Nations and UNESCO, and with the realization that equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all are keys to individual and national transformation and development, Myanmar is fully committed to the fulfillment of SDG 4-Education 2030 and the successful implementation of the National Education Strategic Plan that contains components to promote inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all as defined by the Sustainable Development Goal 4”.   

The high level event also served to launch the Global Education Monitoring Report, which is mandated to monitor progress towards the education targets in the SDG framework.  Themed “Education for people and planet”, the 2016 report situated education’s central role in the sustainable development agenda and discussed the framework for the monitoring of internationally agreed targets in education.  This year’s report also ran a special feature on Myanmar for “ending a legacy of low public spending on education” and having “more than doubled the share of public expenditure allocated to education, from less than 5% to 13%” (GEM Report 2016, p.328). 

Mr. Sardar Umar Alam, UNESCO Head of Office, presenting the Global Education Monitoring Report 2016 to Dr. Myo Myint, Chairman of the National Education Policy Commission. © UNESCO

His Excellency Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Union Minister of Education summarized the relevance of the GEM Report to Myanmar in its efforts towards realizing the SDG 4-Education 2030 agenda, “The report enables MOE to gain awareness of global and regional trends as well as best practices pertaining to the implementation and monitoring of the SDG targets and indicators.”

In analyzing the importance of SDG 4 and the GEM Report for Myanmar’s educational development, Mr. Sardar Umar Alam, Head of the UNESCO Myanmar Office, also emphasized that “the importance of education as a public good and of leaving no one behind – themes of the SDG 4-Education 2030 agenda – will be central to Myanmar’s education reform process moving forward.”

For more information on the Capacity Development for Education Programme and the SDG 4 pilot, please contact Ms. Stephanie Li Choo (s.choo@unesco.org) and Ms. Kay Thi Oo (kt.oo@unesco.org).

 



07.11.2016