Monday 24 September 2018
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ZONGONEWS EDITORIAL: Global Education – Internatioanal Migrant Destinations ( Part 51 )

Progress is underway for the Global Compact for Migration. ‘What progress?’ I hear you say.
On 6 April 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 71/280: Modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.
The document included two of the following recalled areas. Firstly, “Resolution 71/1 of 19 September 2016, entitled ‘New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants’, and the launch of a process of intergovernmental negotiations leading to the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration at an intergovernmental conference to be held in 2018.”
Secondly, guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, “That the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration would set out a range of principles, commitments and understandings among Member States regarding international migration in all its dimensions, make an important contribution to global governance and enhance coordination on international migration, present a framework for comprehensive international cooperation on migrants and human mobility, deal with all aspects of international migration, including the humanitarian, developmental, human rights-related and other aspects of migration”.
Section 14 outlines three preparation phases; Phase 1, Consultations between April and November in 2017. Phase 2, Stocktaking between November 2017 and January 2018. Phase 3, Intergovernmental negotiations between February and July 2018.
We now turn our attention to Mali, the sixth in our series of top ten most accepting countries for those who migrate, according to the Gallup World Poll 2016-2017.
According to the IOM global migration analysis centre (GMDAC), Mali had an estimated population of 18million in 2016, of which 47.8% of the population were between the ages of 0-14 years. In 2017, there were an estimated 383.7 thousand migrants living in the country equating to 2.1% of the total population.
Mali’s compulsory education takes place between the ages of 7 – 16 years of age and is divided into four distinct phases; Primary, Middle, Secondary and Vocational education. Primary education lasts for 6 years followed by 3 years middle and 3 years of secondary. The successful achievement of examinations at the end of each phases grants entry into the next level of education. Vocational education can last between two to six years depending on area of study, followed by university or employment.
Education, in all its forms, continues to be of the utmost importance for every resident within a country whether they are native born or otherwise. Mali, as with other countries, has and continues to have its challenges. Let’s remain hopeful that the global compact agreement will benefit those who live there.
Lesley Shepperson
Shepperson & Shepperson Consultants Ltd