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HLPF Side Event: Quality Education and Gender Equality: Keys to Building Forward to achieving the SDGs

Quality education is a transformative right that transcends and informs all other rights and freedoms. It is a powerful tool in the development of people and in breaking down cycles of exclusion. It is the main infrastructure of development, including in the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in any country and an important investment for any government.

Education is the primary gateway to address all other development issues, including gender equality, environmental preservation, and the rest of the SDGs. Both the Loreto School Rumbek and Sandiwaan Centre for Learning contribute to the achievement of the SDGs in their countries by providing quality education.

Sr. Orla and Fr. Beltran will share how through providing quality education their organisations are also addressing most of the SDGs, in particular SDG 5 – gender equality and how critical it is to collaborate with the community, leaders and governments. We will also hear stories of resilience and how they were able to adapt to the challenges posed by Covid 19. We will also hear from two graduates, Helena and Maria, about the impact of quality education in their lives. Through their experiences, we hope to see the important linkages of the SDGs, particularly access to quality education, gender equality, life on land and working in partnership with local and global stakeholders.


Keynote Speaker: Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason – Ireland’s permanent representative to the UN in New York

Sr. Orla Treacy IBVM – is a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Sisters) and is currently the Director of Loreto Rumbek

Fr. Benigno P. Beltran SVD – established the Sandiwaan Centre for Learning (SCL) and is CEO (“Chief Empowerment Optimist”) of Veritas Social Empowerment, Inc.

Helena Rial Isaac is Graduate of Loreto Rumbek, and is among one of the first females from her community to complete Secondary School and go to University. Helena holds a degree in Sustainable Human Development from Catholic University of Eastern Africa, graduating in Nairobi in 2021.

Maria Angelica Solomon is Graduate at Sandiwaan Centre for Learning, Philippines. She has a Bachelor in Hotel and Restaurant Management and is currently employed at Bread Talk.

Register HERE.

Click here for the Event flier.

Click here for the Concept Note.


13 Jul 22


7:30 am - 9:00 am