Sustaining Commitment and Cooperation for Advancing the SDG’s Education related goal in Southern Africa development agenda

The final report on the SDGs, issued on 19 July 2014, contains a set of 17 goals and 169 accompanying targets. The education goal included among the 17 is to 'Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all'. 

With a stronger focus on sustainable human development, equity and inclusive growth, UNESCO's sustained advocacy efforts over the years for a rights-based approach to education, a holistic lifelong learning perspective and the need to increase attention to equity and quality of education are evident in the recommended SDG goals and targets aligned with those proposed by the international education community in the "Muscat Agreement", adopted at the Global Education for All Meeting in May 2014.

The Muscat Agreement defines the current vision of key education stakeholders for the post-2015 agenda, whose overarching goal for education is as follows: ‘Ensure equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030’. This goal will be translated into the following 7 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.

UNESCO will take up the role of lead coordinating agency in supporting the countries in the Southern Africa region to contextualize the agreements and commitments for the post-2015 agenda on education. It will assist the preparation of countries implementation plans, in full alignment with the national development plans, or the integration of the new targets into sectorial plans. Moreover, UNESCO will assist in the dissemination and popularization of the SDGs commitment and frameworks as well as in monitoring progress. Moreover, UNESCO will provide national and regional platforms and for monitoring progress and coordinating efforts.  

 

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