MANILA – Vice President and Education chief Sara Duterte was named as the Philippines' convenor for the United Nations Transforming Education Summit (TES) on September 19 in New York.
"I am optimistic that with Vice President Sara Duterte as national convenor, the Philippines will chart a strategy and roadmap to address the learning losses caused by the pandemic and bring us back on track to achieving the global goals on education," UN Resident Coordinator Gustavo Gonzalez said Thursday.
As convenor, Duterte will oversee the so-called "national consultations" and gather stakeholders from across the Philippines to discuss the pandemic's impact and sustainable public financing on education, as well as, ways to accelerate progress toward shared education goals.
"In preparation for the Summit, national consultations will be undertaken to develop a shared vision, commitment, and alignment of action across constituencies to transform education between now and 2030," UN Philippines said.
"As national convenor, Vice President Duterte will lead the national consultations and ensure that consultations are intersectoral and multisectoral, inclusive and results-oriented," it added.
It said the national consultations are expected to come up with a "solid" Philippine statement for the summit.
The TES, to be held during the 77th UN General Assembly, is being convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to elevate education to the top of the global political agenda and to maximize public awareness and engagement.
According to the international body, it offers an opportunity for inclusive, networked, and effective global dialogue on the types of coordinated actions needed to reverse the slide in progress toward Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 (quality education) following the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic that disrupted classes globally. (PNA)