ISA is broadly supportive of the draft National Statement of Commitment.
Independent Schools Australia (ISA) welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on Australia’s draft National Statement of Commitment to Transform Education as part of a national consultation on Australia’s progress against the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4).
ISA strongly supports the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” and notes that this goal is reflective of the aims of the Alice Springs (Mpartnwe) Education Declaration to improve educational outcomes for all young people.
ISA is broadly supportive of the draft National Statement of Commitment although in its current form it does not refer to the different sectors of education and the participation and contribution of the non-government sector in working towards meeting the SDG 4 targets. There is limited reference to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts on students, schools and staff and what is being done to address the on-going issues caused by the pandemic.