Playbook for a Better 2025

first_img “We believe this plan is different from other reports that have come before,” said Jevon MacDonald, coalition member. “It is not a traditional economic development plan. It is not designed to be static. This is another important step in an ongoing process to change our future and the future of our children.” “I am grateful for the hard work of the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition to develop a plan with a wide spectrum of recommendations to help move our province forward,” said Ray Ivany. “I believe that the people of Nova Scotia will also choose ‘Now’ and together we will pursue, with urgency and courage, a path towards a more vibrant, prosperous and unified Nova Scotia.” The plan calls for unprecedented leadership from, and collaboration among industry, business, institutions, communities, First Nations, labour, post-secondary schools, and all levels of government in order to effectively tackle the problems the province faces and realize sustainable change. “There are no silver-bullet solutions and there is a lot of work ahead for Nova Scotians, but with focus in these strategic areas we can reset our trajectory and realize our potential,” added Kent MacDonald, special advisor to the coalition. The Ivany Report projected extended economic and demographic decline. The Collaborative Action Plan: A Playbook for Nova Scotians, outlines the action Nova Scotians can take to achieve the Ivany goals over the next 10 years. The full plan is available at http://wechoosenow.ca . Nova Scotians have the opportunities, assets and talent to achieve a better future, provided we work together like never before. That message was delivered by the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition today, Nov. 6, as interested groups gathered to discuss the 60 measurable actions recommended in response to the Ivany Report. “The Collaborative Action Plan is a playbook for all Nova Scotians,” said coalition member Henry Demone. “It is designed to help us seize our best short-term opportunities for economic growth in ocean industries, ICT, and exports, while making long-term investments in youth, career development and immigration to create sustainable change and demographic growth over time.” The plan outlines seven action areas that hold the greatest promise for change, plus a comprehensive accountability framework. Progress will be measured and reported by an independent organization or all-party committee of the legislature, with regular updates online. The action areas are: Early Years: Starting Strong Our Future is Young Universities and NSCC as Innovation Hubs Immigration and Welcoming Communities Our ICT Momentum Going Global Nova Scotia’s Ocean Advantage Ensuring Accountability and Sustaining Momentumlast_img read more

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Speakers at UN event urge stronger leadership more financing to ensure education

The Global Education First Initiative, launched last September by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, aims to put every child in school, improve the quality of learning, and foster global citizenship. “Our efforts are bearing fruit. Education is regaining its rightful place on the global agenda,” Mr. Ban stated in a video message for the first anniversary of the initiative. “There is new momentum in countries with the greatest needs, such as those affected by conflict, which are home to half of all children lacking education. “But we must do more – much more,” he stressed. “Educating the poorest and most marginalized children will require bold political leadership and increased financial commitment.” Noting that aid for education has dropped for the first time in a decade, the Secretary-General emphasized the need to reverse this decline, forge new partnerships, and bring much greater attention to the quality of education. The initiative has rallied together a broad range of actors and spurred a global movement to put education at the heart of the social, political and development agenda. “Each of us is playing a key role in the success of this initiative,” noted Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “Now we need to take this forward, to accelerate progress because we are not on track to meet our promises.”The numbers remain “staggering,” she said, pointing out that 57 million children remain out of school. In addition, UNESCO estimates that 250 million children are illiterate due to the poor quality of education. Enrolment has increased in many countries but drop out rates remain “unacceptably high.” Too many young people are graduating without relevant knowledge, without skills, Ms. Bokova told a special event to mark the initiative’s one-year anniversary, and this is happening at a time when aid is decreasing and governments are cutting back on education. “Let us be clear. Cutting back on education means cutting the most powerful investment a country can make. Reducing aid to education means undermining the sustainability of all development,” she stated.“To reach those left behind, we need resources to match will and we need stronger cooperation between governments and development partners. We must ensure children not only get to school but get the education they need.”Today’s event was held on the margins of the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly and moderated by Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education. It brought together world leaders, heads of major organizations, education activists and representatives of the private sector.In her remarks, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, called on leaders to focus on education to resolve the world’s problems. “This is our demand, our request to all the responsible people – that instead of sending weapons, instead of sending tanks to Afghanistan and all these countries that are suffering from terrorism, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers. This is the only way we can fight for education… “I believe that if we work together, if we are united for the cause of education, we can achieve our goals.” ‹ › Participants at the Delivering on the Global Education Promise special event at UN Headquarters. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard read more

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