Vitória Declaration: Committing to Inclusion and Access in Professional Education

At the 2016 World Congress in Brazil, the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics unveiled the Vitória Declaration, the Federation’s commitment to inclusion at all levels of professional education. Inclusion and access to education is part of global leaders commitment to universal development, articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2015 SDGs set the development agenda for the coming 15 years and firmly entrenches a commitment to inclusive and equitable education. The international community has committed to:

  • ensuring equal access to men and women to affordable and quality professional and technical education and training (PTET);
  • substantially increasing the number of youth and adults with relevant skills for employment and entrepreneurship;
  • eliminating gender disparities in education; and,
  • ensuring equal access to education for the vulnerable, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.

Through the 2016 Vitória Declaration on Inclusion, the Federation and its members commit to striving to achieve the goal of inclusive and equitable education for all.

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