UNESCO has confirmed that 58 million children are not at school and most of them are girls. Furthermore, 250 million infants are not learning the most basic skills, despite more than half having spent at least four years in education.
Seeking to reverse these figures, the UN Agency yesterday adopted the draft Education 2030 Framework for Action (the Framework), as part of its 38th General Conference held on Wednesday November 4 in Paris.
The Framework was adopted by more than 70 Ministers, representatives of Member States, the United Nations, and numerous other stakeholders including civil society organizations, the teaching profession, youth, and the private sector.
The initiative provides guidance to countries for the implementation of the Education 2030 agenda. Its purpose is to mobilize all stakeholders around the new global education goal and targets, proposing ways of implementing, coordinating, financing and reviewing the 2030 education agenda—globally, regionally and nationally—to guarantee equal educational opportunity for all.
Speaking at the launch event, the Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova, stated “Never before has the world consulted in such depth on a new goal in education, bringing all voices to the table. Never before has the world agreed on such a detailed road-map for the implementation of a new goal.”
The adoption of the Framework comes at a crucial moment in time, following the recent adoption of the UN’s 2030 Development Agenda, which seeks to consolidate the progress made on education by the Millennium Development Goals and reach the objective of universal access to primary education.
Ms. Bokova concluded her intervention by stressing that “the Education 2030 Framework sets bold benchmarks” and called for “new funding, to bridge the annual US$ 40 billion funding gap, to invest where needs are most acute”. To reach these targets the Director General called on Member States to allot “six percent of Gross Domestic Product to education”. She explained that “to leave no one behind, we need more investment and smarter investment, backed by stronger policies.”