Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan (third from left) at the Panel Debate entitled Follow up to the Global Education Meeting during the Sixth Meeting of the Global Education 2030 Steering Committee

11 March 2019 – The Philippines attended its first meeting as member and actively participated in the 6th Meeting of the Steering Committee on 11-12 March 2019 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

At the panel debate entitled Follow up to the Global Education Meeting: Taking Stock and Capitalizing on Outcome, Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan, representative of the Philippines, emphasized that the country attaches the highest importance to education and is committed to implement Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. He shared that the Government is embarking on a long term planning for education and is currently engaged in training teachers to build their competencies for them to effectively play their role as learning leaders of the 21st century. Usec. Malaluan further highlighted the Philippines’ best practices and challenges in taking forward SDG 4 in a special session entitled 2019 Voluntary National Reviews.

The Steering Committee, established in 2016, is the global multi-stakeholder coordination mechanism for SDG 4. Hosted by UNESCO, it provides strategic guidance to Member States and the education community, makes recommendations for catalytic action, advocates for adequate financing, and monitors progress toward education targets worldwide.
The Philippines became officially part of the Steering Committee in December 2018 and will serve as member until 2021.