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Uganda develops road map for Sustainable Development Goal 4

Uganda develops road map for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4

Uganda has developed a road map to adapt, integrate and manage the SDG4 agenda into national context.

The road map highlights the current challenges, actions required, expected results and the technical support needed to implement SDG4 at country level.

This happened during a consultation meeting on how to build a common understanding of SDG4-Quality Education 2030 and ensuring a sound foundation for its translation into national education system policies and plans.

The meeting held in Kampala, Uganda 3rd - 4th August 2016 attracted various stakeholders including representatives from Government, civil society, development partners, academia, private sector, development banks, teachers, and bilateral development partners.

While speaking at the meeting, Hon. Chrysostom John Muyingo, Minister of State for Higher Education, reaffirmed Uganda’s commitment to Agenda 2030 and asked policy makers to dedicate their energies and come up with good policies that will lead Uganda towards achieving sustainable development for all.

“We need to come up with education policies that will guide Ugandans to shift their mentality from academic based to skills development as one way to help Uganda achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4,” said Hon. Muyingo.

Quality education is one of the 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and is crucial for building human empowerment as an end and as a means to deliver economic progress.

“Education is very key to improving the quality of life and creating equal opportunities for women and men,” said Mr. Alhaji Jallow, Country Representative, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and Resident Coordinator a.i. during his opening remarks at the meeting.

Adding that, “programmes addressing issues at all levels of education should be emphasized, including encouraging new focus on science, technology and mathematics, expansion of skill-development actives and use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to be able to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4.

Education is crucial for building human empowerment as a means to deliver economic progress. Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development.

At the World Education Forum 2015, Uganda was among the 160 countries to affirm its commitment to a single renewed education Agenda. This new ‘Education 2030’ agenda is fully captured in Sustainable Development Goal 4 which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all.

The Ministry of Education and Sports working closely with the UNESCO National Commission, other line Ministries, the national steering committee on SDGs and the Education 2030 Agenda, UN convenors such as ILO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women, UNHCR and the World Bank; is supporting the process of translating the global targets into achieving national targets based on the educational priorities and national development strategies.

According to the Millennium Development Goals report, over the last decade, girls’ access to education at the primary level in Uganda increased from 32.6% in 2000 to 96.4% in 2015 which has made it possible to bridge the gap in indicators of male/female enrolment at the primary level.

While almost every child enrols in primary one, only 61% of this generation reaches primary seven. Less than 30% enrol in secondary school. Ultimately, only 10% complete higher secondary education (Senior Six) in Uganda, according to the Teachers Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (TISSA) Report 2014.

The two day consultation meeting was organised by the Ministry of Education and Sports in collaboration with UNESCO regional office for Eastern Africa.

UN Agencies in Uganda