Over the course of 2017, the Education Relief Foundation (ERF) organised a series of high-level regional consultation meetings for Balanced and Inclusive Education (BIE) in Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, Latin America and Europe. These regional consultations were designed to present the principles of BIE, share best practices and collate the recommendations articulated by the stakeholders. Participants included delegates from Ministries of Education, UNESCO Regional Offices, Academic Institutions and Non-Governmental Organisations.
Upon completion of its 2017 series of regional consultation, ERF hosted, on December 8th 2017, the first ForumBIE 2030 at the United Nations in Geneva to present the collated recommendations to the participating ambassadors, policymakers within governments, development partners, research institutions and civil society organisations. The Forum’s over 85 delegates, including the representatives of UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education (UNESCO-IBE), endorsed the need for the development of a Global Guide of Ethics, Principles, Policies and Practices in Balanced and Inclusive Educationbased upon the collated regional recommendations. To fulfill this mandate, ERF has committed to deliver the first edition of the Global Guide by October 2018, in close collaboration with its Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) and invited authors.
ERF now is convening, in collaboration with Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP) of the United Mexican States, the second ForumBIE 2030 on 20-22 November 2018, not only to formally launch and distribute the Global Guide, but also to provide an opportunity to various international stakeholders to further discuss BIE and share best practices. This second ForumBIE 2030, with the overall aim to develop strategies for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on inclusive and equitable quality education, will conclude on an International Call for Balanced and Inclusive Education on the basis of the Global Guide. The International Call, whilst reaffirming our collective desire to achieve SDG4 , will set an international framework for running BIE pilots based on the Global Guide.
The invited delegates will be constituted of five categories: International and Regional Organisations, Ministries of Education, Civil Society, Academic Bodies, and Private Sector. The meeting is expected to count 100-150 participants.