Where is Education?
GRAN welcomes the International Assistance policy and framework review launched on May 18 by the Minister of International Development and Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau. Through this process, Canada will decide on new directions and priorities to address global challenges over the next 5–10 years. The review process, to take place over the next 8 weeks, is based on six priorities put forward in a discussion paper. You can be sure, GRAN will be contributing to this discussion.
We are very pleased that health and the rights of women and children are central elements to the discussion paper. One of the issues GRAN will be raising in its submission is the role of quality education in development. In an article in this week’s Hill Times by Scott Walter, CODE asks why education is not a core theme in the policy. For true gender equality, empowerment of women and economic development to occur, quality education must be one of the key building blocks. To read more of Scott Walter’s article and see his compelling argument for the important role of quality education in development go to: https://www.hilltimes.com/2016/06/06/canada-should-make-education-a-core-theme-in-aid-policy/68341
To view the entire Global Affairs Canada (GAC) review process document and the other priorities, go to http://international.gc.ca/world-monde/development-developpement/iar-consultations-eai/comments-commentaires.aspx?lang=eng
All Canadians are encouraged to be part of this important conversation and your input is needed to lay out Canada’s role in the world.