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SDC education network joined together for a common cause at their F2F

March 12, 2014 | Blog-Admin1 | SDC Networks |

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 What results can we expect from a F2F? In the education network (E network), our objectives were to strengthen links between members, the sharing of experiences and lessons learned on key issues. We did not expect the impetus within the network to lead to the drafting of a joint advocacy paper. A concrete result, which reflects the position shared by the people and organisations of the network with regard to the post-2015 discussions.
By Valérie Liechti, Nicole Gantenbein & Lucia Bordone, SDC

Showcasing network members’ experiments with policy dialogue

For the 2013 F2F in Morges we chose three main topics: policy dialogue, results measurement and fragile contexts. While the last two are directly related to programme management, the first stands in a category of its own. With policy dialogue we want to showcase experiments carried out by the SDC and its partners. This is all the more important because in the area of education the SDC is promoting alternative approaches and experiments, often in the non-formal sector (literacy programme, education for young people and adults, mobile schools etc.). Policy dialogue must also guide educational policy at the national, regional and international levels. Such a dialogue is crucial at the moment, in the view of the definition of the post-2015 education goal.

The F2F seemed to us to be an ideal opportunity to look beyond our management manuals and daily work, and pool our thoughts on how to get our voices heard. We therefore decided to concentrate first on exchanging views and second on strengthening the advocacy skills of the members of the network.

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E network at the f2f in Morges

Post-2015: one voice with greater impact

As the discussions progressed, the different points of view began to converge ever more clearly. Naturally, the E network members already shared certain views at the outset. But we were not sure to what extent we could hone our ideas into one shared vision, with all of us speaking the same language.

The members of the network were able to find a common denominator in the notion of education as a human right. This definition makes for an acceptance of the many different possible routes and types of education available, both formal and non-formal. It also puts quality and relevance centre stage when considering how to improve education systems.

This joint effort by the network members culminated in the writing and signing of the advocacy note by the members representing 13 different organizations.

With a few months to go before the post-2015 education goal is set up, putting together this advocacy note has enabled us to assert our position and shared priorities. It is now up to the members of the E network to make it widely known through forums and debates, with the aim of influencing the definition of the education goal. A first step has already been done with the dissemination of the note at side event during the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2013.

In conclusion, the whole experience of writing and disseminating this note shows how important the exchanges and synergies are that can arise from the gathering of thematic networks.

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