Bakhita Partnership For Education will participate in 78th UN SDG Summit

Zambia Education Minister Syakalima receiving Education Declaration from girls on Africa’s SDG4 Network representatives, to be presented in New York. (Right) Fr. Charles Chilufya, Chairman Bakhita Partnership for Education.

Bakhita Partnership for Education will be hosting side event in New York City during this years United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Summit, scheduled to take place between September 18th and 19th at Fordham Law School at Lincoln Center.

The summit, which will be assessing the progress made towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 will see Bakhita Partnership for Education and her partners showcase the significant contribution of Catholic education in expediting the achievement of sustainable development goals in Africa, with a special focus on SDG 4 – Quality Education

In a press statement, Chairman of the Bakhita Partnership for Education Fr. Charles Chilufya, says the participation in this years UNAG summit provides an opportunity to have the voice of the African girls amplified even as the summit looks to put measurers to alleviate poverty, inequality, and environmental challenges in Africa.

We are thrilled to announce our involvement in the UN SDG Summit 2023. This summit provides a crucial opportunity for us to prioritize and elevate the narratives, experiences, and insights of girls from underserved and marginalized communities from across Africa, some who will share their journey in person and online at this event. We will also reflect on the strides we have made thus far and to rally together for a future where the SDGs become a reality.

While calling participants of the UN SDG Summit 2023 to attend the Bakhita Partnership for Education’s side event, Fr. Chilufya has emphasized the desire for the attendees to learn about the organization’s initiatives and explore opportunities for collaboration.

“We believe that by harnessing the strength of partnerships and embracing the right educational tools and strategies, we can truly make a difference in the lives of individuals and communities across Africa.”

This is because, Fr. Chilufya says, that BPE is aligned to transformative vision of the UN SDG Summit 2023, and the instrumental role played by Catholic education in driving progress towards the SDGs, particularly in Africa.

“Through our work, we have witnessed firsthand the positive impact that access to quality education can have on individuals and their communities. We seek to recognize and appreciate the work of the Catholic religious sisters in promoting girls’ education and gender-responsive, transformative education. These dedicated women serve not just as educators but also as advocates, delivering accessible education to girls, particularly in marginalized communities.’

According to Fr. Chilufya the aim is to inspire greater investment and cooperation in the education sector, ultimately propelling progress towards achieving the SDGs.

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