Partnering for education

08 Jul 2015
How can cooperation between governments, civil society and privat sector contribute to ensure education for all? On July 6, 2015, national and international representatives were gathered at Oslo Plaza hotel for interesting speeches, critical comments and relevant questions.

At the side event ”Partnering for education” at the Oslo Education Summit,  Norwegian and Global NGOs met Telenor Group to discuss “Equity in education”, “Closing the education gap, leveraging digital solutions” and “Ensuring education in emergencies”.

 

Education for all

What do we need to ensure education for all? What is necessary to reach the groups excluded from the educational system today?

Ambrose Murangira, Executive directer at Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD), is attending the conference in Oslo. Murangira has, based on his own experiences, a clear response on which tools to implement to reach the population excluded from the educational system and assure there participation and education. – We need well established policies and work through local organizations, he says.  – Furthermore, he continues, – it’s the responsibility of the government to set up policies that ensure all children have right to attend school and receive a good education as well as to facilitate each child an access to quality education.

– Funding is incredibly important. We need improved economic support. Simultaneously, we have to work bottom-up, not from the top and down, says Ambrose Murangira enthusiastically. – Locals know local conditions. When local organizations work on their projects, they use less resources than international organizations. When a neighbor cares for a child, and look after the child, we ensure that all individuals in our communities are taken care of, he continues.

For Murangira, the local community is the cornerstone to ensure education for all children and to ensure that groups currently held outside the education system receive quality education. The authorities must ensure this right through good legislation that clearly defines every child’s rights and identify clear administrative responsibilities.

 

Digital solutions to ensure higher availability to quality education

Jon Fredrik Baksaas, Telenor Group, during his presentation on digital solutions. Here, online with a teacher and pupils in Nepal. Photo: Maria Trettvik
Jon Fredrik Baksaas, Telenor Group, during his presentation on digital solutions. Here, online with a teacher and pupils in Nepal. Photo: Maria Trettvik

How can digital solutions contribute to increase access to education worldwide? How can we use new digital solutions to offer children with special needs a good education?

With new digital solutions, a new world of how to distribute knowledge emerge. Through digital learning centers on the Internet, we can disseminate knowledge over long distances and we are no longer dependent on the teacher’s physical presence. Through computer games based on learning, we can reach out to large groups throughout the world.

We need to identify and develop tools and methods we can use to benefit from digital solutions and ensure education for all children.

 

Ensuring education in emergencies

– 3 million children are outside the school system because of the conflict in Syria and 1 million as a result of the earthquake in Nepal,  said Minister Børge Brende in his opening speech.

How can we ensure that children living in areas in crisis will continue their schooling?

There was a broad consensus at the conference that education, together with other kinds of aid in emergencies, is a vital necessity. Education can not be given less importance in a crisis situation. When education is defined as a vital necessity, millions of children who today are deprived of their right to education, will be given the opportunity to increase participation in their communities and build their own future.

 

Text and photos by Maria Trettvik

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