The International summit on Balanced and Inclusive Education III ForumBIE 2030 took off today the 27th of January 2020 at Kempinski hotel in Djibouti presided over by the President of the Republic of Djibouti H.E Ismail Omar Guelleh. He was accompanied on the panel during the opening ceremony by The President of the Comoros Islands- H. E. Azali Assoumani, the Prime Minister of Uganda- Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, the President of the Education Relief Foundation Sheikh Mussallam, Vice president of the Education Relief Foundation Mr. Peter Fell and the Head of Programs at the Education Relief Foundation.
A high-level event regroups Government ministers of education from over 35 countries from Asia, Africa, Middle East, Pacific, Latin America and Caribbean countries. With a good number of participants form civil society organizations, Inter governmental organizations and academia.
The event is expected to culminate with the affirmation and signatory of the Universal Declaration on Balanced and Inclusive Education (UDBIE); as well as, the affirmation and signatory of platforms and mechanisms for technical and financial cooperation aimed at supporting the implementation of commitments made in the UDBIE. The Universal Declaration follows in the spirit of previous international agreements on education. It combines those ideas, links them with novel concepts, and situates them within a holistic, flexible and operational structure resting on four key pillars of Balanced and Inclusive Education (BIE)
Convened with the understanding of the urgency for new equitable models of social and economic development to be constructed through education, the III ForumBIE 2030 – International Summit on Balanced and Inclusive Education – embraces new ideas and ensures new paths can be found.
This is evidence that, the assembly of nations of the Global South are taking up a leading rule in reforming education, preparing societies and communities to confront the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development, aspirations shared by many in the international community.
The Education Relief Foundation (ERF) is a Geneva-based nonprofit and non-governmental organization that works to develop, promote and embed a balanced and inclusive education through policy development, capacity building and civil society engagement, amongst other activities. Today in it’s 3rd edition, the first ForumBIE 2030 was held at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in December 2017.
In November 2018, II ForumBIE 2030 in Mexico City saw both the launch of the Global Guide of Ethics, Principles, Policies, and Practices in Balanced and Inclusive Education, and the initial signing of the International Call for Balanced and Inclusive Education, a document which called for the preparation of the Universal Declaration of Balanced and Inclusive Education.
Since then, they have continually worked towards the adoption of a unique document that gives all signatory parties the basis for a paradigm shift in the domain of education. The signing of the Universal Declaration on Balanced and Inclusive education at the end of this summit will therefore not be a fruit of chance but of calculated and planned program of action. In the aftermath of the signatory, we look forward to its implementation and contribution to the entire educational ecosystem of targeted countries.