UNESCO New Delhi team led by Eric Falt, Director and UNESCO Representative had a meeting with the Hon’ble Minister of Education Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
During the meeting on 20 January 2021, the Hon’ble Minister was briefed on UNESCO’s role in supporting national education systems to respond to contemporary challenges through education with gender equality as the underlying principle.
As a custodian of Sustainable Development Goal 4, UNESCO contributes to the achievement of Agenda 2030 by promoting inclusive, equitable, and quality education.
Eric Falt congratulated Dr. Nishank on the launch of the new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. According to him, the NEP is a holistic, evidence-based policy that aims to transform various aspects of primary, secondary, vocational, and higher education in India and holds the potential to inspire many other countries in the region and beyond.
A brief presentation by UNESCO New Delhi Director, outlined the education sector priorities which UNESCO is currently working on, how they dovetail with the NEP, and their relevance for the implementation of the NEP over the next decade.
Eric Falt presented Dr. Pokhriyal with a copy of two of its flagship publications, the State of the Education Report for India 2020: Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Minding our minds during COVID-19: helping school-going children manage their mental health.