SDG4-Education 2030

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is “a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity” consisting of 17 goals, with the fourth goal, SDG4, devoted to education: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

SDG4, its 10 corresponding targets and education-related targets of other SDGs, notably those on health, growth and employment, sustainable consumption and production, and climate change, constitute the core of a single, renewed education agenda - Education 2030 Agenda - that is holistic, ambitious, aspirational, transformative and universal, leaving no one behind.

The key principles of the SDG4-Education 2030 vision are lifelong learning, the quality of education (relevance and learning outcomes), and equity and inclusion.

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Brief History

The movement for enhanced international cooperation in education began in 1990 with the adoption of the World Declaration on Education for All in Jomtien, Thailand, by nearly 150 governmental and non-governmental organizations. The goal was to create universal access to basic education for all children, youth and adults by the end of the decade.

This goal was not achieved in 2000, when the movement was given a new impetus at the World Education Forum in Dakar, where 164 governments committed themselves to achieving six Education for All (EFA) goals, integrating the concepts of gender equality and quality education. In the same year, the United Nations adopted the eight Millennium Development Goals, with Goal 2 aiming to achieve universal access to primary education by 2015.

In 2015, the World Education Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea, adopted the Incheon Declaration, which reaffirms the commitments to Education for All in Jomtien and Dakar and is committed to implementing the new Education 2030 global agenda.