On Friday, Nov. 21, CAUSES Associate Dean of Programs, William Hare, participated in a United Nations panel discussion as part of the symposium: Education as an Imperative for a Transformative Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda in observance of Universal Children’s Day 2014. The theme comes 25 years after Rights of the Child were adopted as part of the Millennium Development Goals.
“I recommend that more investment be placed in universities. Public-private partnerships using universities as unbiased monitors of projects will ensure a seamless, sustainable system of continuous improvement so that our children—the future generation-- will have the opportunity to a great college education,” Associate Dean Hare said before the audience of high-level policy makers.
He continued: "If you look at the current system, it omits the role of the university in the sustainable change that's supposed to take place; and that's a flaw because all of the funds have been going to NGOs, which are only as sustainable as their funding timeframe. Our model that we use in CAUSES continuously improves upon itself. It's transformational because it takes time and partnerships are built at the local, regional and international levels to ensure the continuity of progress."
His powerful words resonated.
“You really rocked the house, Sir. Your remarks were from the heart and touched our souls,” said Dr. Padmini Murthy, Associate Professor in Health Policy and Management and Family and Community Medicine and Global Health Director, New York Medical College, who served a moderator of the panel.
The symposium was organized by the Permanent Mission of Grenada; in collaboration with the Friends of Education for African Children Orphaned by AIDS, Medgar Evers College and UDC. Grenada Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Denis Antoine, is the former Director of International Programs and Exchange for UDC.
The objective of the conference was to address the existing challenges on all of the convention of rights of the child and to ensure that education along with rights of children remains a standalone goal and imperative for a Transformative Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. According to the UN, the post-2015 development agenda must: “Address the urgent challenges of poverty and inequality and build on the successes and shortcomings of the Millennium Development Goals, with measurable targets and scaled-up investments in areas such as education, health, gender equality and youth employment, the Economic and Social Council heard today during high-level parallel events.”
It is critical that discourse must occur between and include all stakeholders--scientific communities, academia, philanthropy, youth and policymakers. Among the speakers included representatives from UNICEF and UNESCO.
Associate Dean Hare's remarks were delivered at the UN headquarters, New York City, and can be watched here on UN Web TV.