Tari chief invited to London meet

The National,Tuesday July 5th, 2016

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) has invited a Tari chief to attend the launching of a global education monitoring (GEM) report in London in September.
Unesco director-general Irina Bokova, in a letter, invited Mundiya Kepanga, a  speaker who regularly hosts lectures devoted to indigenous people and raises awareness about the culture of his people.
He also encourages people to reflect on their views of indigenous people and of themselves.
Kepanga was invited as a traditional chief in 2015 to attend several meetings organised on the occasion of the COP21 Summit on Climate Change.
He took part in the Indigenous People Facing Climate Change Conference organised at Musée de l’Homme in Paris in which he shared his vision on climate change and its impact on his community.
This year Unesco invited him to attend the international launching of the 2016 GEM report that examines links between education and key areas of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal number four which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
According to Bokova, the GEM was drawn from a well-tested model and 12 reports produced since 2002 to monitor progress towards the 2030 agenda goal.
It built compelling arguments on the types of education that were vital to achieving the goals of poverty reduction, hunger eradication, improved health, gender equality and women’s empowerment, sustainable production and consumption, resilient cities and more equal and inclusive societies.
“As a Papua New Guinean chief in the Tari region, your intervention at this event would provide an invaluable opportunity for the audience to learn about the indigenous approaches to environment sustainability,” Bokova said.