International Symposium on the Role of Education in Poverty Alleviation

On 31 March, the International Symposium on the Role of Education in Poverty Alleviation was held in Beijing, Peoples’ Republic of China. The conference focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, discussed the relationship between education and poverty reduction, focus on SDG1 and SDG4 and shared China’s successful practices and experience in poverty alleviation through education. The symposium was guided by the 4 Ps of Sustainable development, planet, prosperity, people and partnerships to leave no one behind. Education as key to achieving all the SDGs and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The Opening session of the symposium was moderated by Mr Qin Changwei, Secretary-General of the China National Commission for UNESCO and warmly welcomed all the participants from China and around the world.

Mr. Tian Xuejun, Vice Minister of Education of China and Chairperson of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, Mr. Firmin Matoko, Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations at UNESCO, and Ms. Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, delivered opening remarks at the event.

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