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ECOSOC Updates 26/11/16

The Economic and Social Council are now in discussion about the working papers.
There are two working papers in this debate.

Working paper 1.2

Signatories: Afghanistan, Finland, Germany, People’s Republic of China, Russian Federation, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, Democratic Republic of Congo, People’s Republic of Korea

Some of the key items that the paper proposes are; the establishment of an education fund which developing nations can apply to, a teacher exchange programme as part of an international teacher training scheme, the establishment of an international teaching quality committee, and the establishment of a lifelong learning programme to allow illiterate adults to receive a primary education.» >

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ECOSOC Update 26/11/16

The delegates are currently answering the question proposed by a moderated caucus – ‘ How can countries promote education alongside cultural and religious beliefs?’ Delegates are largely in agreement that it is important to promote cultural and religious tolerance. South Africa and Finland have both pointed out the importance of religion being integrated rather than assimilated into education, this is due to the sensitive nature of religious issues. Integration is the most careful way to promote education alongside cultural beliefs.» >

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ECOSOC Minutes 26/11/16

A moderated caucus to discuss encouraging adults to take primary education. Many countries suffer from illiterate adults, and as South Africa points out, it is important to educate these people in order to break the poverty cycle. When parents have not seen the benefits of education themselves, they are not necessarily encouraging of their children’s education. The delegates are coming up with ways to provide adults with the support they need to achieve a level of education.» >

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ECOSOC Update 26/11/16

We have resumed the debate with a moderated caucus, which aims to identify route problems in education and issues with the SDGs. The delegates are in agreement that a lack of funding in LEDCs is the route issue in education. The delegate of India points out that they are expected to pay over 200 billion US dollars in order to fulfil the goals outlined by the United Nations. This is not achievable, and therefore it is important to address how adequate funding can be attained.» >

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