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International Summit on Balanced and Inclusive Education in Djibouti Concludes With Establishment of New Organisation of Educational Cooperation
DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti, Jan. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

At the Closing Ceremony of the III ForumBIE 2030, 38 governments, civil society 
organisations and academic entities became the first to sign the Universal 
Declaration of Balanced and Inclusive Education (UDBIE). Furthermore, with the 
objective of achieving the aspirations and commitments contained within the 
UDBIE, 30 signatories, including governments and civil society organisations, 
agreed to establish the Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC), a new 
international organisation from the Global South creating platforms and 
mechanisms of solidarity-based technical and financial cooperation and support 
for educational reforms.

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The OEC, whose General Assembly will function on the democratic basis of one 
country, one vote, ensuring accountability to its Member States which will 
benefit from its support, will also count civil society and academic 
organisations as Associate Members with limited rights.

The OEC will be established with a wholly-owned financial subsidiary, 
accountable to the General Assembly, capable of generating funds ethically and 
sustainably in support of educational reforms. This subsidiary, structurally 
directed towards investments in socially and ecologically responsible projects 
in its member states, will eventually fully finance the organisation’s 
operations and provide funds for the OEC to support Member States’ education 
systems with solidarity-based financing.

The OEC is designed with a rational, streamlined structure, follows a strategy 
of efficient systematic intervention, and puts education at the service of 
communities, of society and of national development as required by the 
commitments made in the UDBIE.

The OEC’s first Secretary General has been elected with the task of setting up 
and presiding a Preparatory Committee, which will lay the groundwork for the 
OEC until the Constitutive Charter of the Organisation enters into force, upon 
its ratification by a minimum of 10 of the founding State signatories. The 
Constitutive Charter’s entry into force will trigger the convening of the first 
General Assembly.

All signatories to the UDBIE embrace the four key pillars of balanced and 
inclusive education: Intraculturalism, Transdisciplinarity, Dialecticism and 
They commit to applying these principles within their education systems, with 
the cross-sectoral support of the OEC, based on the contextualised needs of 
their populations, their national priorities, and the global imperative of 
sustainable development.

The Education Relief Foundation (ERF) is a Geneva-based not-for-profit and 
non-governmental organisation which serves to develop, promote and embed a 
balanced and inclusive education through policy development, capacity building 
and civil society engagement, amongst other activities.

The ForumBIE 2030 ( series of conferences began when 
I ForumBIE 2030 was held at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in 
December 2017. In November 2018, II ForumBIE 2030 in Mexico City saw both the 
launch of the Global Guide of Ethics, Principles, Policies, and Practices in 
Balanced and Inclusive Education 
and the initial signing of the International Call for Balanced and Inclusive 
Education ( – the document 
which called for the preparation of the Universal Declaration of Balanced and 
Inclusive Education.

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For more information, contact:
Etienne Lacombe-Kishibe, Head of Media and Communications 
E: | P: 0041 22 920 0859 | M: 0041 79 864 2692

SOURCE: The Education Relief Foundation