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‘Business as usual’ will not achieve global education goals

July 10, 2019
Silvia Montoya & Manos Antoninis
World Economic Forum

The generation that should finish secondary school by 2030 is now entering classrooms. But based on current trends, one in six children will still be out of school in 2030 and only six out of 10 young people will be completing secondary education.

As leaders meet this week at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) – the United Nations’ official platform for reviewing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – they will be assessing progress on education for the first time since 2015.

Our main message to them is clear: business as usual for education must come to an end. The world will be embarrassingly off-track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal for education (“SDG 4”) – ensuring that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education – by 2030 if current trends continue. The prospect of failing this generation is all too real.

New research, published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Global Education Monitoring Report to coincide with the HLPF, are being released along with a call for countries to #Commit2Education.