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Latin America: Six decades of education goals


Rosa María Torres

Over the past decades, Latin America and the Caribbean has been the scenario of multiple international initiatives and plans for education: regional, global, hemispheric, and IberoAmerican. The table below shows the successive plans and goals adopted since 1957 and until 2021. So far, none of them has accomplished the proposed goals within the proposed deadlines. (Only Cuba accomplished the four measurable Education for All goals in 2015).

The year 2015 was the deadline for both Education for All (1990-2015) and the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015). A new global agenda was adopted, the Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030), with 17 objectives and 169 goals much more ambitious for education. (See my comments on SDG - Goal 4).

Six decades were not enough to reach modest primary and basic education goals. Will 15 additional years (2015-2010) manage to achieve more complex and ambitious education goals?


A lo largo de las últimas décadas, América Latina y el Caribe viene siendo escenario de múltiples iniciativas y planes internacionales para la educación, a nivel regional, mundial, hemisférico e iberoamericano. En la tabla (abajo) pueden verse los sucesivos planes y metas adoptados desde 1957 y hasta 2021. Ninguno cumplió hasta hoy las metas propuestas y en los plazos fijados. (Solo Cuba cumplió con las cuatro metas medibles de la Educación para Todos fijadas para 2015).

Concluido el plazo de la Educación para Todos (1990-2015) y de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio (2000-2015), en 2015 se adoptaron los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) con 17 objetivos y 169 metas mucho más ambiciosos para la educación hasta el 2030 (Ver mis comentarios sobre los ODS-Objetivo 4). 

En seis décadas no se logró cumplir metas elementales de educación primaria/básica. ¿En 15 años más (2015-2030) se logrará alcanzar metas más complejas y ambiciosas?



1957-1966
(regional)






1980-2000
(regional)


Primer Proyecto Principal sobre la Extensión y el Mejoramiento de la Educación Primaria en América Latina

First Major Project for the Extension and Improvement of Primary Education in Latin America

PPE
- Segundo Proyecto Principal de Educación en América Latina y el Caribe
1. educación general mínima de 8 a 10 años para todos los niños en edad escolar
2. erradicar el analfabetismo
3. introducir las reformas necesarias


MPE - Second Major Project of Education in Latin America and the Caribbean 

- 8 to10 years of schooling for school-age children
- eradicate illiteracy
- introduce the necessary reforms

UNESCO-OREALC
Oficina Regional de la UNESCO para América Latina y el Caribe
Regional UNESCO Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

1990-2000-2015
(global)

EPT
- Educación para Todos

6 metas adoptadas en Jomtien (1990) y en Dakar (2000).

Metas Jomtien:

1.Expansión de la asistencia y actividades de cuidado y desarrollo de la primera infancia, incluidas  intervenciones de la familia y la comunidad, especialmente para los niños pobres, desasistidos e impedidos.
2.
Acceso universal a la educación primaria (o a cualquier nivel más alto considerado "básico") y terminación de la misma, para el año 2000.

3.
Mejoramiento de los resultados del aprendizaje de modo que un porcentaje convenido de una muestra de edad determinada (ej. 80% de los mayores de 14 años) alcance o sobrepase un nivel dado de logros de aprendizaje considerados necesarios.
4.
Reducción de la tasa de analfabetismo adulto a la mitad del nivel de 1990 para el 2000. El grupo de edad adecuado debe determinarse en cada país y hacerse suficiente hincapié en la alfabetización femenina a fin de modificar la desigualdad frecuente entre índices de alfabetización de hombres y mujeres.

5.
Ampliación de los servicios de educación básica y capacitación a otras competencias esenciales necesarias para los jóvenes y los adultos, evaluando la eficacia de los programas en función de la modificación de la conducta y del impacto en la salud, el empleo y la productividad.
6.
Aumento de la adquisición por parte de los individuos y las familias de los conocimientos, capacidades y valores necesarios para vivir mejor y conseguir un desarrollo racional y sostenido por medio de todos los canales de la educación -incluidos los medios de información modernos, otras formas de comunicación tradicionales y
modernas, y la acción social- evaluándose la eficacia de estas intervenciones en función de la modificación de la conducta.

EFA
- Education for All

6 goals adopted in Jomtien (1990) and in Dakar (2000). 

Jomtien goals:

1.
Expansion of early childhood care and development activities, including family and community interventions, especially for poor, disadvantaged and disabled children.

2.
Universal access to, and completion of, primary education (or whatever higher level of education is considered “basic”) by 2000.

3.
Improvement in learning achievement such that an agreed percentage of an appropriate age cohort (e.g. 80% of 14 year-olds) attains or surpasses a defined level of necessary learning achievement.
4.
Reduction in the adult illiteracy rate (the appropriate age cohort to be determined in each country) to, say, one-half its 1990 level by the year 2000, with sufficient emphasis on female literacy to significantly reduce the current disparity between the male and female illiteracy rates.

5.
Expansion of provision of basic education and training in other essential skills required by youth and adults, with programme effectiveness assessed in terms of behavioural changes and impacts on health, employment and productivity.

6.
Increased acquisition by individuals and families of the knowledge, skills and values required for better living and sound and sustainable development, made available through all educational channels including the mass media, other forms of modern and traditional communication, and social action, with effectiveness assessed in terms of  behavioural change.

UNESCO
UNICEF
PNUD
Banco Mundial
UNFPA

1994-2010
(hemisférico, hemispheric)





2015 

Plan de Acción Hemisférico
Metas Educativas de las Américas
Cumbres Hemisféricas o Cumbres de las Américas
Hemispheric Action Plan - Education Goals of the Americas Summits of the Americas


Proyecto de resolución “Construcción de una Agenda Educativa Interamericana: Educación con Equidad para la Prosperidad”  
- Educación de calidad, inclusiva y con equidad.
- Fortalecimiento de la profesión docente.
- Atención integral a la primera infancia.
(acordado en 20/01/2015 y 21/01/2015)



OEA -
Organización de Estados Americanos


OAS
- Organization of American States


2010-2021
(iberoamericano, IberoAmerican)

Metas 2021
Cumbres Iberoamericanas

Meta 1 Reforzar y ampliar la participación de la sociedad en la acción educadora.
Meta 2
Incrementar las oportunidades y la atención educativa a la diversidad de necesidades del alumnado.
Meta 3
Aumentar la oferta de educación inicial y potenciar su carácter educativo.
Meta 4
Universalizar la educación primaria y la secundaria básica y mejorar su calidad.
Meta 5
Ofrecer un currículo significativo que asegure la adquisición de las competencias básicas para el desarrollo personal y el ejercicio de la ciudadanía democrática.
Meta 6
Incrementar la participación de los jóvenes en la educación secundaria superior, la técnico profesional y la universitaria.
Meta 7
Favorecer la conexión entre la educación y el empleo a través de la educación técnico profesional.
Meta 8
Ofrecer a todas las personas oportunidades de educación a lo largo de toda la vida.
Meta 9
Fortalecer la profesión docente.
Meta 10
Ampliar el espacio iberoamericano del conocimiento y fortalecer la investigación científica.
Meta 11
Invertir más e invertir mejor.
 

OEI
- Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos

OIS- Organization of Iberoamerican States

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¿Aprendizaje a lo Largo de la Vida para el Norte y Educación Primaria para el Sur?
Adult Literacy in Latin America and the Caribbean: Plans and Goals 1980-2015
La década olvidada de la Educación para Todos (1990-2000)

To learn more | Para saber más
Observatorio: Mitos y metas de la 'Educación para Todos' (1990-2000-2015) | Myths and Goals of Education for All
Pronunciamiento Latinoamericano por una Educación para Todos
Panorama Educativo 2010: Desafíos Pendientes, OEA-UNESCO
▸ SITEAL Perfiles educativos de países de América Latina

OTRA∃DUCACION - Texts in English


 Rosa María Torres

Poetic and Dreamlike Paper Cut Artworks - Fubiz

This is a bilingual blog. Most texts are published in Spanish. Here is a compilation of texts written in English (alphabetical order).

10 false ideas on education in Finland
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2016/03/10-false-ideas-on-education-in-finland.html

 

12 Theses on Educational Change
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/12/12-theses-on-educational-change.html

1990-2015: Education for All Educación para Todos (compilation)
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2014/08/1990-2015-education-for-all-educacion.html

1990-2030: Global education goals
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/09/1990-2030-global-education-goals-metas.html

25 Years of Education for All
http://educacion-para-todos.blogspot.com/2013/03/25-anos-de-educacion-para-todos-25.html

About 'good practice' in international co-operation in education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/11/what-would-be-good-practice-in.html

Adult Literacy in Latin America and the Caribbean: Plans and Goals 1980-2015
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/05/adult-literacy-in-latin-amrica-and.html

Basic learning needs: Different frameworks
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/11/basic-learning-needs-different.html

Beautiful letters
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/07/lindas-letras-beautiful-letters.html


Child learning and adult learning revisited

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2012/02/child-learning-and-adult-learning.html

Children of the Basarwa (Botswana)
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/09/children-of-basarwa.html

Children's right to basic education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/11/childrens-right-to-basic-education.html

Children's rights: A community learning experience in Senegal
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/01/children-rights-community-learning.html

Cuba and Finland
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/06/cuba-and-finland.html

Education First
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2012/09/educacion-primero-education-first.html


Ecuador: Good Bye to Community and Alternative Education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/11/ecuador-good-bye-to-community-and.html

Education for adaptation?
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/10/educacion-adaptarse-un-mundo-cambiante.html

Education for All 2000-2015 - How did Latin America and the Caribbean do?
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/04/education-for-all-2000-2015-how-did.html 

Education in the Information Society
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/05/education-in-information-society.html

Escuela Nueva: An innovation within formal education (Colombia)
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/11/escuela-nueva-innovation-within-formal.html

Farewells
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/06/despedidas-farewells.html


Finland Study Visit

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.fi/2015/10/visita-de-estudio-finlandia-finland-study-visit.html


Finland's education compared

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/07/finlands-education-compared-la.html


Formal, non-formal and informal learning

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2016/08/formal-non-formal-and-informal-learning_21.html


From literacy to lifelong learning: Trends, Issues and Challenges of Youth and Adult Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/05/from-literacy-to-lifelong-learning-de.html

From school community to learning community
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/03/from-school-community-to-learning.html

Goal 4: Education - Sustainable Development Goals
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/09/on-goal-4-education-sustainable.html
- SDG: Translation issues
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/09/sdg-translation-issues-ods-problemas-de.html

Girls' education: Lessons from BRAC (Bangladesh)
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2017/01/girls-education-lessons-from-brac.html


Giving up to a literate world?

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/11/giving-up-to-literate-world.html

GLEACE: Letter to UNESCO on the Literacy Decade (2003-2012)
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2012/01/letter-to-unesco-on-literacy-decade.html

Kazi, the Graceless
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/09/kazi-el-sin-gracia.html

Knowledge-based international aid: Do we want it? Do we need it?
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/10/knowldedge-based-international-aid-do.html

Latin America over-satisfied with public education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2014/06/latin-america-oversatisfied-with-public.html

Latin America: Six decades of education goals http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2016/09/latin-america-six-decades-of-education-goals.html

Lifelong Learning: moving beyond Education for All
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/02/lifelong-learning-moving-beyond.html

Lifelong Learning for the North, Primary Education for the South?
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/11/lifelong-learning-for-north-primary.html

Lifelong Learning in the South: Critical Issues and Opportunities for Adult Education, Sida Studies 11, Stockholm, 2004
http://www.sida.se/English/publications/Publication_database/publications-by-year1/2004/november/lifelong-learning-in-the-south-critical-issues-and-opportunities-for-adult-education/ 
http://www.sida.se/contentassets/d60c67d64bf947b1b147419f7751a466/lifelong-learning-in-the-south-critical-issues-and-opportunities-for-adult-education_1614.pdf

Literacy and Lifelong Learning: The linkages
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2012/01/literacy-and-lifelong-learning-linkages.html

Literacy for All: A renewed vision
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/02/literacy-for-all-renewed-vision.html

Literacy for All: A United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012): Base Document for the Literacy Decade (2000)
http://www.slideshare.net/RosaMariaTorres2015/base-document-united-nations-literacy-decade-20032012


Military spending in education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/03/military-spending-and-education-gasto.html

Now comes PISA for 'developing countries'
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2014/05/now-comes-pisa-for-developing-countries.html

On education in Finland
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/06/on-education-in-finland-sobre-la.html
 
On innovation and change in education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/03/on-innovation-and-change-in-education.html

On Learning Anytime, Anywhere (WISE 2011)
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/11/on-learning-anytime-anywhere.html

One child, one teacher, one book and one pen
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/10/one-child-one-teacher-one-book-and-one-pen-one.html

One Decade of 'Education for All': The Challenge Ahead (IIEP-UNESCO Buenos Aires, 2000, PDF)
http://www.iipe-buenosaires.org.ar/publicaciones/one-decade-education-all-challenge-ahead
http://www.buenosaires.iipe.unesco.org/sites/default/files/education.pdf 

Open letter to school children
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/08/open-letter-to-school-children.html 

OTRA∃DUCACION: Lo más visitado ▸ Most visited
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/12/otraducacion-lo-mas-visitado-most.html

Public gym stations in Beijing and Quito
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/10/chinas-public-gym-stations-in-beijing-and-quito.html


Reaching the Unreached: Non-Formal Approaches and Universal Primary Education

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/06/reaching-unreached-non-formal.html

"Rethinking education" and adult education

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2016/08/rethinking-education-and-adult-education.html


Six 'Education for All' Goals

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/01/six-education-for-all-goals-seis-metas.html

South Africa 1993: A moment with Mandela
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/12/south-africa-1993-moment-with-mandela.html

Stop PISA!
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2014/05/stop-pisa-paren-pisa.html

The 4 As as criteria to identify 'good practices' in education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/10/4-as-as-criteria-to-identify-good.html 

The green, the blue, the red and the pink schools
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/10/green-blue-red-and-pink-schools.html

There is no "education for the 21st century"
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/10/there-is-no-education-for-21st-century.html

The million Paulo Freires
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/02/million-paulo-freires.html

The oldest and the youngest

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-oldest-and-youngest-los-mas-viejos.html


The virtuous C (Keys for a renewed learning culture)

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/01/la-virtuosa-c-virtuous-c.html

The World Economic Forum and education quality

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-world-economic-forum-and.html

Transforming formal education from a lifelong learning perspective
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/10/transforming-formal-education-from.html

We are Latin America
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2012/05/somos-america-latina-we-are-latin.html

What did the MDGs achieve?  
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/10/what-did-millennium-development-goals-achieve.html


What Happened at the World Education Forum in Dakar (2000)?
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/05/what-happened-at-world-education-forum.html

What is 'basic education'?
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2014/09/what-happened-to-expanded-vision-of.html

What is youth and adult education - today? http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2017/01/what-is-youth-and-adult-education-today.html

WISE Prize for Education Laureates: Bottom-up Innovators
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/11/wise-prize-for-education-laureates.html



1990-2030: Global education goals | Metas globales para la educación

1990-2015 

In 1990 Education for All (EFA) was launched in Jomtien-Thailand at the World Conference on Education for All.
In 2000, at the World Education Forum (Dakar-Senegal, 2000), the EFA evaluation was presented. The six EFA goals were not met. The deadline was postponed until 2015.
In 2015 EFA came to an end; several goals were not met.


En 1990 se lanzó la Educación para Todos (EPT) en Jomtien-Tailandoa durante la Conferencia Mundial sobre Educación para Todos.
En el año 2000, en el Foro Mundial de Educación (Dakar-Senegal), se presentó la evaluación de la EPT. Las seis metas no se cumplieron. Se pospuso el plazo hasta el año 2015.
En 2015 se cerró la EPT. Varias metas no se cumplieron.

2000-2015 

In 2000 the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were launched. The deadline for achieving the 8 goals was 2015. Several goals were not met.

En el año 2000 se lanzaron los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio (ODM). El plazo para cumplir los 8 objetivos fue el año 2015. Varias metas no se cumplieron.

2015-2030 

In 2015 A new Development Agenda was adopted. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), much broader and more ambitious than the MDGs and than EFA, will run until 2030.

En 2015 se adoptó una nueva agenda mundial de desarrollo. El plazo para cumplir con los 17 Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS), más amplios y ambiciosos que la EFA y los ODM, es el año 2030.



Education For All
(EFA)
6 goals
Final Report 2015
Millennium Development Goals
(MDG)
8 goals
Final Report 2015


Sustainable Development Goals
(SDG)
17 goals

1990-2000-2015
2000-2015
2015-2030


Meet basic learning needs of children, youth and adults

Achieve universal primary education

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Early childhood care and education
Goal 1
Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children


All girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education
Primary education
Goal 2
Ensuring that by 2015 all children, particularly girls, children in difficult circumstances and those belonging to ethnic minorities, have access to, and complete, free and compulsory primary education of good quality

Goal 2
Achieve universal primary education
All girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education
Secondary education
Skills for youth and adults
Goal 3
Ensuring that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life-skills programmes


Substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
Literacy
Goal 4
Achieving a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults


All youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy
Gender equality
Goal 5
Eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005, and achieving gender equality in education by 2015, with a focus on ensuring girls’ full and equal access to and achievement in basic education of good quality

Goal 3
Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Equal girls' enrolment in
primary school

Eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
Improving quality
Goal 6
Improving all aspects of the quality of education and ensuring excellence of all so that recognized and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all, especially in literacy, numeracy and essential life skills



Technical, vocational and tertiary education


Equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university

Knowledge and skills for sustainable development


All learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development

Education facilities


Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all

Scholarships


Substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries

Qualified teachers


Substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing states

Goal 4: Education - Sustainable Development Goals



At the UN Sustainable Development Summit (New York, 25-27 Sep. 2015) a new development agenda was adopted for 2015-2030. From 8 Millennium Development Goals and 21 targets - some of which were not met (see MDG 2015 Report) - we move towards 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets - "Ending poverty plus 16 other goals", as some put it.
Over the past 25 years educational aspirations reflected in global goals moved from basic education for children, youth and adults - Education for All (EFA) 1990-2000-2015 - to primary education for all children (completing four years of primary school) - Goal 2 of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 2000-2015 - to access to quality education at all levels, including higher education, and lifelong learning opportunities for all - Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2015-2030. It is considered that the latter introduces a paradigm shift, described as "Moving from quantity to quality". (See EFA, MDG and SDG education goals in this table).

In fact, in September 2016, one year after the SDGs were approved, UNESCO announced that the new global education goals will not be met in 2030 (Global Education Monitoring Report 2016). If current trends persist, universal primary education will be achieved in 2042, universal lower secondary education in 2059 and universal higher secondary education in 2084. 

I wrote the text below in 2015, when the SDGs were approved.

I analyze here Goal 4 - "Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning" - and its 10 targets. The targets include all levels of education, technical and vocational skills, youth and adult literacy, gender equality, education for sustainable development, scholarships, education facilities, and teacher training. They are centered around formal education. The overall aspiration is more schooling, 12 years (primary and secondary education) considered the minimum this time. Free and quality are key additions; the word quality is reiterated in every target. Again, references to early childhood and adulthood are particularly weak. Lifelong learning is mentioned but with a secondary role, far from the status of a new education paradigm for the 21st century proposed by UNESCO.

Is it realistic to expect that ambitious education goals will be achieved by 2030 when much more modest goals were not achieved in 25 years of Education for All and 15 years of Millennium Development Goals?


After reading Goal 4 and its targets one wonders what are the lessons learned over the past 25 years of global goals and international initiatives for education. Where are the problems, contradictions, power struggles, education complexities?

Money is considered the main obstacle; however, as we know, education is one of those fields where how is spent is more important than how much is spent, and where money alone does not guarantee good policies or rapid, sustainable, change.

We find also the usual translation problems (English-Spanish).

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals. - See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

Main findings

  • Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals.
  • In 2012, 121m children and adolescents were still out of school, down from 204m in 1999.
  • Half of countries have now achieved Universal Primary Enrolment and 10% more are close.
  • Poorest children are five times more likely not to complete primary school than richest.
- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

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Inclusive and quality remain strange and confusing terms for the majority of the population worldwide. Their interpretations and uses differ considerably even within the specialized education community. The same occurs with lifelong learning, a concept not fully understood and incorporated by the education community so far. All this must be kept in mind when communicating the Quality Education Goal in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Lifelong learning (LLL) is mentioned as separate from education. (In fact, many people confuse LLL with adult, out-of-school, or informal learning). LLL focuses on learning, goes "from womb to tomb", and includes formal education. Therefore, LLL should not be considered an addition but an embracing concept that includes all targets of Goal 4. 


■ By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.

» This target is the first one in the list and is the most important one within Goal 4. Most financial efforts will probably be devoted to this target.
 

» It is important to remember that:
- Education for All (1990-2015) adopted six basic education goals, aimed at "meeting basic learning needs" of children, youth and adults, in and out of school. According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED), basic education comprises primary education and lower secondary education. The six goals were not me in 25 years, and remained as "unfinished business".
- The Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015) proposed Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education ('primary education' understood as 4 years of schooling; no mention of free or quality). In 15 years, this modest goal was not met.

» In the final phase of EFA and of the MDGs a "global learning crisis" was acknowledged: after four years of schooling millions of children worldwide are not learning to read, write and do basic math.

» With this experience in mind, is it realistic to think that "free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education" with "effective learning outcomes" are attainable in the next 15 years? In the push for 'universal secondary education', won't we repeat the same - and worse - problems than those faced in the push for 'universal primary education'?.

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"All
girls and boys" may not be a realistic goal for many countries.

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Not all is about money. Latin America's high school drop out should be taken into account: nearly half of young Latin Americans leave high school, mainly because of lack of interest and lack of purpose. In a region with historical high primary education enrollment rates, secondary education is viewed today as a major bottleneck.

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In today's world children are not the only ones attending primary and secondary education; in many countries, completion of primary and secondary education is being offered to young people and adults (second chance education programmes). Targets and indicators related to youth and adults (see below) might also incorporate primary and secondary education.

■ By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.

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Early childhood development, care and pre-primary education are important not to prepare children for primary education, but to better prepare them for learning (in and out of school) and for life. This debate has been going on for decades. For some reason, the SDGs decided to adopt the instrumental, school-oriented approach to early childhood development and education. We can only hope that the indicators do not reinforce the 'school preparedness' trend.

■ By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.


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"Affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education" is hard to find in most countries around the world. Can you ensure access to something that, in many cases, will take much longer than 15 years to be in place? Again, all will have to be translated into a more realistic quantitative goals depending on each country.


■ By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.

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See comments to previous target.

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It is difficult to agree on the "relevant skills for employment, decent jobs and enterpreneurship" that can be considered universal and useful in any context. Certainly, and given the weaknesses of the school system and of basic education, some of them will have to do not with "technical and professional skills" but with basic learning needs such as oral expression, and reading and writing properly and autonomously.


■ By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.

 » Again: women, indigenous peoples, and people with disabilities are put together, in the "vulnerable" category. However, their vulnerabilities - and the ways they are discriminated - are very different and specific.

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It is time to consider equality, not juts parity - access and enrollment. Disparities are expressed in many areas: retention, repetition, roles played, expectations, learning outcomes, study and career options, etc.


» To be considered: in Latin America, education discrimination against indigenous peoples is stronger and more systematic than discrimination against girls/women. In other words: racism is stronger than machismo.

■ By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.


» Youth and adult literacy is historically the least successful global education goal and remains a critical challenge worldwide (781 million illiterates, the usual two thirds represented by women). The challenge includes sound policy and goal formulation. "Achieving literacy and numeracy" remains a highly ambiguous notion. When can we say that someone has achieved literacy and numeracy? (It may be useful to describe clear competencies within this target).

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"Substantial proportion of adults" needs to be translated into a percentage that makes the goal not only achievable but successful.

■ By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

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Clearly, promoting sustainable development is not only about knowledge and skills. The most developed, educated and informed countries in the world are the ones that contaminate the most. On the other hand, indigenous peoples preserve the planet.

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The description of knowledge and skills considered necessary is vague. In any case, acquiring them requires not only education but also information and communication efforts; not only the school system but also indigenous knowledge and practice, non-formal learning and informal learning at home, in the community, through the media and the internet, in the workplace, etc.

■ Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.


» It is important to highlight the need to differentiate and respond to specific realities and needs, rather than to homogenize. Need to add mention of facilities that are sensitive to different cultures (there are various cultures within a country - countries that are multiethnic and pluricultural, and as a result of migration processes). This is not covered by child, disability and gender sensitivity.

■ By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrollment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries.

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South-South cooperation and exchange are essential. So-called 'developing countries' are highly heterogeneous. Many such countries are in a condition to offer scholarships and exchange programmes that may be more relevant to other 'developing countries' than those offered by 'developed' ones.


■ By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing states.


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It is revealing that the target devoted to teachers appears last in the list (following scholarships, education facilities, etc.).

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It is fundamental to deepen the understanding and the debate - globally and in each national context - on the issue of teachers, teacher education and teacher quality. Qualified teachers and quality teachers may not necessarily be the same thing. Training is only one factor of quality teaching. Poor teacher training is very common and ineffective. Becoming a good teacher depends on character, vocation, school background, appreciation for learning, for reading and for experimenting, quality of teacher education and of teachers' working and learning conditions. There are many old conceptions and misconceptions on what good teacher and good teaching are. 


» The teacher is a key factor in the quality of school education, but not the only one. The whole responsibility cannot be placed on teachers. All evaluations of student learning in school reiterate the critical role of poverty and of overall families' socio-economic conditions. Improving the learning conditions of the poor implies improving them both in and out of school (health, nutrition, well-being, lack of fear, affection, care, play, sleep, etc.).

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Aprendizaje a lo largo de la vida
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Mujeres, indígenas y discapacitados
Ojo con traducciones y traductores
Madre Tierra
Sumak Kawsay: Voces y saberes de la Amazonía ecuatoriana
¿Mejorar la educación para aliviar la pobreza? ¿O aliviar la pobreza para poder educar?
¿Atraer los mejores estudiantes para la docencia?
Sobre aprendizaje de jóvenes y adultos | On youth and adult learning
Escolarizado no es lo mismo que educado
1990-2030: Global education goals | Metas globales para la educación
Educación para Todos y Objetivos del Milenio no son la misma cosa (entrevista) 
Calidad educativa: ¿infraestructura, tecnologías y docentes?
Education First | La educación primero 
¿Educación a lo largo de la vida para el Norte y educación primaria para el Sur? | Lifelong Learning for the North, primary education for the South?
International Initiatives for Education | Iniciativas internacionales para la educación
What did the Millennium Development Goals achieve?
Formal, non-formal and informal learning


 

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