By Kampala Post Reporter
The First Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni, has commended the UNATCOM Representative Miss Rosie Agoi along with officials of the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation [UNESCO] for spearheading the drive on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to ensure inclusive equitable quality education and the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Janet Museveni who is also Minister of Education and Sports was speaking at the opening of her Ministry’s high-level breakfast meeting on SDG4 Education 2030 in Uganda at Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday.
The overall goal of the SDG4 stakeholders’ meeting was to provide a forum for deliberating on Uganda’s progress with regard to the implementation of the SDG 4 Education 2030 agenda and devise strategies to further its implementation at all levels of education. The project is also aimed at ensuring a common understanding of the SDG4 indicators and targets by all the critical decision makers in the Ministry of Education and Sports.
Urging the stakeholders to work towards implementing the SDG4 so far discussed, Mrs. Museveni reminded them to focus on identifying and working with many children that are gravely marginalised to make sure that all children are learning indeed. She noted that this meeting gave the stakeholders the opportunity of analysing where children are not learning and those that are still out of school.
“We cannot talk about the world agenda of sustainable development and lifelong learning without talking about the core schemes like critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and ICT leadership among others. Much as we have done a lot of things, we still have gaps and challenges that must be addressed,” she observed.
Mrs. Museveni said that to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education in the struggle to promote lifelong learning for all, decision makers in the sector of education in Uganda need to take stock of the success, challenges and the gaps as well as the contributions being made by all the stakeholders.
She highly commended the United Nations for continuing the SDG4 drive. To other development partners, the First Lady saluted them for their cooperation in order to ensure improvement of the quality of education services thereby enhancing the development opportunities for the country.
On her part, State Minister for Primary Education, Hon. Rosemary Sseninde, thanked the First Lady for gracing the meeting. She also lauded the organisers of the high-level meeting on enhancing awareness about the SDG4, their ability to strategize and come up with policies that ensure the achievement of the goals.
UNESCO Chief Education Officer, Mr. Teeluck Bhuwanee, stressed the need for targeted policies to ensure quality education.
Ms. Rosa Malanga, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Uganda called for inclusiveness and equitable quality education in order to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. She thanked the Government of Uganda for providing the leadership for the implementation of the SDG4. She called on all other sectors to work with the education sector.