Education Post-2015: What next?

As 2015 approaches, the international community is discussing the importance of education in the post-2015 international agenda.

Education Ministers, with support from UNESCO, have already committed to a last “big push” to reach the Education for All (EFA) goals, while the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative is mobilizing world leaders around the centrality of education.

UNESCO's contribution to the debate

UNESCO is actively helping to frame the post-2015 education agenda. The Organization has invited senior experts to revisit two landmark education reports – Delors (1996) and Faure (1972) – and consider their relevance today. 

UNESCO is also supporting the development of EFA country assessments which will take stock of progress since 2000 and reflect on future needs and challenges. Along with the EFA Global Monitoring Reportthese assessments will be shared at a major global education forum foreseen in Korea in the spring of 2015, and will feed into the definition of the new global education agenda. 

The Organization is also the co-convenor of numerous regional and global consultations on education in the run-up to 2015, such as the Post2015 Global Thematic Consultation on Education led by UNESCO & UNICEF.

UNESCO’s vision of education beyond 2015

UNESCO presented its vision on the post-2015 education agenda to over 190 Member States attending the 37th session of UNESCO’s General Conference. 

Country representatives gathered at UNESCO Headquarters for the occasion debated the future of education - its content, scope and articulation with the post 2015 development agenda. One of the main conclusions of the exchange is that representatives committed to promoting a single overarching goal on education in the future development agenda, based on the principles of access, equity, and quality, in the perspective of lifelong learning for all.