Pakistan makes this statement on behalf of OIC member states. We thank the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and the Special Rapporteur on the right to education on their comprehensive reports, highlighting many important issues.
The Islamic civilization is founded on the need for education. Good quality education leads to peace and tolerance. OIC believes that Special Rapporteur has addressed a very important aspect of Non-Formal education system which is normally overlooked. The OIC Vocational Education and Training Programme for the Member States of the OIC focuses on improving the quality of vocational education and training in the public and private sectors with the aim of supporting and enhancing the opportunities for individuals.
We believe that non-formal education has been playing a substantive role in educating the poor and vulnerable segments of the society especially in the developing countries In case of conflicts and natural disasters temporary school establishments and non formal methods remain as the only viable solution. The adaptability and cost effectiveness of non-formal education programmes make them innovative and effective mechanisms to support the 2030 sustainable development agenda. We consider that through the implementation of coherent, integrated and compatible recognition, validation and accreditation process, the learners can gains access to further education or employment opportunities. This would make them productive members of the society and contribute to the economic development. International financial and technical support along with developing of international equivalent standards for recognition and validation of the non formal education is vital in achieving our goal of universal quality education.
Also OIC would like to underline the role of education and training to combat racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and other forms of intolerance and hatred behaviour and speech.
The rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association are essential components of democracy since they empower the people to express their views and promote accountability. These rights underpin a vibrant and dynamic civil society. Associations both formal and informal must work within the framework of national laws and promote the common good. We believe that Civil Society plays an important role in promotion and protection of all human rights, awareness raising etc However, a lot of responsibility also lies on the shoulders of the civil society to live up to the trust given to them by the people and the State.
We note with cautious the view of the Special Rapporteur that any restrictions to the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, which might be imposed due to reasons such as national security, public safety, prevention of disorder or crime, must be prescribed by law, necessary in a democratic society, and proportionate to the aim pursued. Transparency and respect for UN charter become underlying principles for ensuring constructive engagement at all levels between all stakeholders.
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