Education for All
- EMPHASISING that access to education is both an internationally recognised human right, as well as a fundamental enabler to achieve economic growth, human development, peace and stability
- RECOGNISING that girls and women are particularly vulnerable and many need increased support to access quality secondary, tertiary and continuing education
- ACKNOWLEDGING that investing in education for girls and women through their life course is critical to reduce inequality and to stimulate development.
- RECOGNISING that women have equal rights to tertiary education in all fields, across all countries and regions
- CALLING for the adoption of tertiary education programmes, which include part-time or evening study, that allow for family, work and other commitments
- ENCOURAGING women to step outside the humanities and social sciences, and to embark on education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
- IDENTIFYING continuing education as the ongoing, voluntary and self-motivated pursuit of formal and informal knowledge throughout a woman’s lifespan, including learning new skills within the workplace
- CONVINCED that continuing education is both a means of empowerment and an investment in tomorrow’s future leaders and decision makers
- EMPHASISING that means and methods of continuing education must respond to the needs of the individual, where at-risk groups of society must be catered for and included in national policy to reduce inequalities and knowledge disparity.
- CONVINCED that education is not only limited to formal learning institutions but is also developed through practical, life experience accumulated from a multitude of settings
- CONCERNED that strict requirements of formal, academic qualifications significantly hinder the professional development of informally educated women
- EMPHASISING the critical role of technological advancement in providing alternative contemporary methods of education – especially instrumental in providing learning resources to isolated communities