Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani decides to follow the path of our honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi by means of ‘Education Diplomacy’. In the last year she has acquired strategic victories at the South Asian Association meeting for Regional Co-operation (Saarc) Ministers of Education and Higher Education. Now, Smriti has led the developing countries at the recently-concluded World Education Forum (WEF) in Incheon, South Korea.
The forum was organized by Unesco from May 19 to 22. World leaders met to draw up the World Education Goals (2015-2030), to provide education for all, which is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to be finalized by the United Nations in September 2015. The WEF expressed its vision to transform lives through education while recognizing its important role as a main driver of development according to a press release by the ministry.
Irani played a crucial role in getting included India’s position on flexibilities for Unesco member states in the Incheon Declaration. India reiterated that member states had a contextualized strategy based on their national priorities, resources, capacities and challenges to attain the global benchmarks of Education 2030 in an incremental manner.
The framework agreed to respect the autonomy of member states to plan for meeting the global benchmarks. India won resounding support from majority of the countries as the proposal was duly adopted. Irani also told the meet about India’s initiatives to integrate technology in the educational system for ensuring transparency and ease of delivery of educational services.