A global goal and targets for the post-2015 education agenda, discussed last month at the Global Education For All Meeting in Muscat, Oman, have been announced today. This is the first important step in a process that will culminate at the World Education Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea, in May 2015 and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2015.
The proposed new overarching education goal aims to drive the international community to: Ensure equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030
This goal comprises seven new global education targets:
Target 1: By 2030, at least x% of girls and boys are ready for primary school through participation in quality early childhood care and education, including at least one year of free and compulsory pre-primary education, with particular attention to gender equality and the most marginalized.
Target 2: By 2030, all girls and boys complete free and compulsory quality basic education of at least 9 years and achieve relevant learning outcomes, with particular attention to gender equality and the most marginalized.
Target 3: By 2030, all youth and at least x% of adults reach a proficiency level in literacy and numeracy sufficient to fully participate in society, with particular attention to girls and women and the most marginalized.
Target 4: By 2030, at least x% of youth and y% of adults have the knowledge and skills for decent work and life through technical and vocational, upper secondary and tertiary education and training, with particular attention to gender equality and the most marginalized.
Target 5: By 2030, all learners acquire knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to establish sustainable and peaceful societies, including through global citizenship education and education for sustainable development.
Target 6: By 2030, all governments ensure that all learners are taught by qualified, professionally-trained, motivated and well-supported teachers.
Target 7: By 2030, all countries allocate at least 4-6% of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or at least 15-20% of their public expenditure to education, prioritizing groups most in need; and strengthen financial cooperation for education, prioritizing countries most in need.
All governments are now asked to support these targets in national, regional and global consultations on the post-2015 education agenda and in the ongoing discussions in New York at the Open Working Group on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Next year, the proposal will be put forward for approval at the World Education Forum in the Republic of Korea in May and at the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September.
Meanwhile, the indicators to measure the above targets also need to be defined or developed. We have started a series of blogs on this site debating the ways that the five outcome-oriented targets above can be measured. The first two on school readiness and learning outcomes are already posted.
In addition, our blog has explained the need for this new goal and its targets to be edited by communications specialists so that there is a common understanding of their meaning. The blog has also presented the arguments for and against the need for a finance target to be included in the set above in order to hold donors to account after 2015.
Join us in these discussions via the comments section in our blogs. By working together we can ensure we come up with cohesive ways of shaping ambitions and measuring progress post-2015 to ensure that no-one is let off the hook, and no-one is left behind.