The Education for All (EFA) movement is a global commitment to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults. It was launched at the World Conference on Education for All held in Jomtien, Thailand, in 1990. EFA has six education goals which aim to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015.

The EFA goals also contribute to the global pursuit of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Two MDGs relate specifically to education but none of the eight MDGs can be achieved without sustained investment in education. Education gives the skills and knowledge to improve health, livelihoods and promote sound environmental practices.

Education is the primary agent of transformation towards sustainable development, increasing people’s capacities to transform their vision for society into reality. Education for sustainable development teaches individuals how to make decisions that consider the long-term future of the economy, ecology and equity of all communities.

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EFA-ESD Dialogue: Education for a Sustainable World

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