The Beijing Declaration on Education was adopted during the 5th Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Education in Beijing, China on 5 July 2017.
The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss education reforms, various approaches to promote equity in education, fostering quality education, strengthening BRICS collaboration in the field of education, and exchange of students and scholars among BRICS Member States.
In order to recognize the significance of collaboration in the field of education for enhancing the overall partnership among BRICS Member States and enhance people to people exchanges to a higher level, BRICS Members declared their support through Beijing Declaration on Education.
The declaration shows the commitment of the BRICS Nations towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4)-Education 2030 which aims to 'Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all.
Beijing Declaration on Education
• To restate support for the BRICS Network University (NU) to collaborate in the fields of education, research and innovation.
• To enhance cultural cooperation through language education and multilingualism to promote mutual understanding of the history and culture of BRICS Member States.
• To undertake initiatives to promote professionalization of academics in higher education through the BRICS Network University.
• To encourage more teachers and educational administrators to learn from experience of other countries in improving teacher quality and performance.
• To strengthen cooperation in the field of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and share ideas and experiences in the development of vocational educators.
• To recognize the importance of BRICS Think Tanks Council (BTTC), BRICS Network University as well as other BRICS initiatives.
• To emphasize the importance of streamlining the cooperation among educational think tanks and education researchers, and welcome China’s invitation to host a conference to explore possible cooperation among the various entities in BRICS Member States.
• To support the organization of youth winter or summer camps to reinforce communication and cultural exchanges among the young generation from BRICS Member States.
• To share the experience and practices in achieving the SDG4-Education 2030 targets in order to foster a more favourable policy environment, adopt effective practices, and advocate for global educational policies.
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