At the last coordination meeting of the Education and Academia Stakeholder Group, the member organisations of the group, representing the voice of the international education sector towards the United Nations Agenda 2030 and the High Level Political Forum, have elected the Global Student Forum as an organising partner, responsible for co-steering the work of the EASG in the coming years.

Sebastian Berger, Executive Director of the Global Student Forum stated: ”We are extremely thankful for the trust that colleagues have put into us and look forward to working together with fellow organising partners and member organisations in further developing EASG into an effective lobby tool for learners and educators worldwide.”

About the EASG

The Education and Academia Stakeholder Group (EASG) brings together human rights-based education civil society organisations as well as academia organisations and networks that work on the right to education, which self-organise to engage with the monitoring and review of the Sustainable Development Goals. The EASG is open to all organisations working for the full realisation of the right to free, inclusive quality education for all, the implementation of Agenda 2030, and of SDG 4 in particular.

The primary role of the EASG is to ensure and facilitate meaningful participation of human rights-based education and academia organisations and networks in UN policy spaces, including in the follow-up and review of the SDGs. The EASG seeks to influences policy by ensuring effective participation in UN processes, including SDG implementation mechanisms and spaces at global, regional and national levels. Such participation is brought about through coordinated advocacy at all levels; developing informed research-based advocacy messages, materials, and analysis; and engaging in communications and media work to raise awareness of critical educational issues – including both progress made and eventual drawbacks – in order to hold governments to account and push for the realisation of human rights.

The EASG underlines that the right to education begins at birth and traverses all ages, recognising all people – from Early Childhood Care and Education up to Adult Education, including older persons – as subjects of rights. For the right to be fulfilled, availability, accessibility, acceptability and adaptability of education must be ensured. Noncompliance with any of these dimensions, will result in violation of the right.

The EASG understands that to tackle and overcome structural economic, social and environmental crises as well as intersecting inequalities and multiple forms of discrimination based on gender, age, class, caste, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disabilities, and other status it must work in dialogue and collaboration with all MGoS and Civil Society Organisations from different sectors.