26th ICDE World Conference – message from the ICDE Secretary General


The 26th ICDE World Conference will take place next week in South Africa, hosted by the University of South Africa (UNISA). The  ICDE Secretary General, has the following message for the major event of which there are 384 academic presentations and 878 people have registered.

“Welcome to the most comprehensive ICDE event, ever! It is a ‘3 in 1 event’ taking place 13-17 October in Sun City and Pretoria: the World Conference itself, the President’s Summit going in parallel and finally the Pretoria High Level Policy Forum on 17 October. It is also a very timely event – taking place only 2 weeks after our heads of states and prime ministers have approved the new ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where SDG 4 is on education.

“The broad participation, from all of the education spectre – from academics, practitioners and senior management in higher education, to experts and policy makers, makes this event a unique meeting place for exchange of knowledge, nurturing of innovative ideas and creating sound policies for the future educational agenda. All your participation, engagement and commitment make a difference and contribute to move the new SDG for education into action, Education 2030: Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.

“When we these days participate in professional development, build networks and partnerships, take part in social activities and enjoy – we shall also celebrate this milestone event for global sustainability on African soil, made possible by all participants, UNISA and partners around the world.”

ICDE Secretary General