UN / EDUCATION SUMMIT PRESSER

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Briefing reporters on the upcoming Transforming Education Summit, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said piecemeal change is “no longer an option” and stressed that the Summit offers a “once in a generation opportunity for us to radically transform education making it fit for purpose.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 15 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Pan right, mural outside UN Headquarters

15 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, press room dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Piecemeal change, no longer an option. So, once in a generation opportunity for us to radically transform education making it fit for purpose; the international community coming together to reverse the slide on the progress of SDG four, and to begin to sow the seeds for a much deeper transformation of learning.”
4. Wide shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Leonardo Garnier, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for the Transforming Education Summit:
“When you don't finance education, when you save on education in order to balance the budget, you're being a regal bad economist. Because what you're saving in the short term is much less that where you're losing in the long term.”
6. Med shot, reporters
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO:
“Our first outcome is the recognition of the role of youth as not just beneficiaries but actors of changes. The youth declaration outlines a set of recommendations to policymakers and highlights young people’s collective commitments and actions, and it will present it to the Secretary-General to act upon during the summit. Second important outcome is step upped collaboration on how to transform. We are setting up a knowledge global hub, through which member states can share their success stories and good practices.”
8. Wide shot, dais
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO:
“We are requesting not promises but commitments, and we are receiving commitments. And I think that the governance of the SDG four of the - you know - the ambitious target and goal to have a quality inclusive education is now including all the quantitative and qualitative indicators to make the monitoring process very visible, very transparent, to see in a few months and years if these commitments will be achieved.”
10. Wide shot, dais

STORYLINE:

Briefing reporters on the upcoming Transforming Education Summit, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed today (15 Sep) said piecemeal change is “no longer an option” and stressed that the Summit offers a “once in a generation opportunity for us to radically transform education making it fit for purpose.”

Mohammed said the international community is “coming together to reverse the slide on the progress of SDG four, and to begin to sow the seeds for a much deeper transformation of learning.”

Joining the Deputy Secretary-General, the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for the Transforming Education Summit, Leonardo Garnier, said, “when you don't finance education, when you save on education in order to balance the budget, you're being a regal bad economist. Because what you're saving in the short term is much less that where you're losing in the long term.”

For her part, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education Stefania Giannini announced the expected outcomes from the Summit.

She said, “our first outcome is the recognition of the role of youth as not just beneficiaries but actors of changes, and added that “the youth declaration outlines a set of recommendations to policymakers and highlights young people’s collective commitments and actions,” which will be presented to the Secretary-General

The second “important outcome,” Giannini said, “is step upped collaboration on how to transform.” She said, “we are setting up a knowledge global hub, through which member states can share their success stories and good practices.”

Responding to a journalist’s question, the UNESCO official said, “we are requesting not promises but commitments, and we are receiving commitments.”

She added that the “governance” of the SDG four “is now including all the quantitative and qualitative indicators to make the monitoring process very visible, very transparent, to see in a few months and years if these commitments will be achieved.”

The Transforming Education Summit will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York this weekend, ahead of the General Assembly’s General Debate.

It aims to elevate education to the top of the global political agenda and to mobilize action, ambition, solidarity and solutions to recover pandemic-related learning losses and sow the seeds to transform education.
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