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The Road to Education 2030

The Road to Education 2030

The Road to Education 2030
Debbie Roberts, Engage Visually


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World leaders gathered in New York City over the weekend to adopt a new round of 17 global Sustainable Development Goals. Education was high on the agenda. By 2030, countries will need to ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable, and quality primary and secondary education.

This not just about education. It puts learning in the spotlight.


Adapted from a presentation at the UKFIET conference, by Lyndsay Bird, Paul Coustère, Leonora MacEwen, Lynne Sergent, Muriel Poisson and Estelle Zadra.

The new targets begin with early childhood development and pre-primary education, extending to primary education through to quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.

Literacy and numeracy is fundamental, but also the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development. We must invest in teachers and ensure that new or upgraded facilities are disability and gender sensitive and that overall learning environments are safe, non-violent and resilient. The world is setting ambitious benchmarks for the future, but the work must start today for IIEP and its many partners.  

For the past 15 years, we have lived in the perhaps “simpler” world of the Millennium Development Goals, which for education primarily stressed universal primary school and gender equality. Now, we have more goals and more countries to meet the SDGs.

It’s in this context that we constantly ask ourselves at IIEP how can we stay relevant and contribute to this broader, more equitable and quality-focused vision of education. To start, we have a wealth of knowledge from fifty years of working in this sector, and one of our principles is to be an honest, reliable broker of this knowledge that we try to bring to all stakeholders.

Second IIEP has a full toolbox of helpful resources that can play an indispensable role in the policy process:Toolbox

  1. The first need is to know the situation in a country’s education system. This we call Sector Analysis.
  2. Then, there is policy elaboration with the next step, Education Sector Plan Development. This process involves all parts of civil society through discussions on endorsement and financing, implementation and for the full planning cycle, monitoring and evaluation.
  3. Now, how do we ensure that learning takes place despite the increasing number of conflicts and crises around the world? Our website education4resilience offers a wide variety of resources to integrate safety, resilience and social cohesion into education sector planning.
  4. How can we ensure that the resources dedicated to education are used how they were intended? Corruption is a major drain on the effective use of resources for education and disproportionately hurts the poor and vulnerable societies. To help with this, IIEP has created the ETICO online Information Platformwhich addresses key issues and tools in the area of ethics and corruption in education.
  5. Last but not least, the newest tool in our box is the IIEP Learning Portal, a new digital platform to promote a central part of the 2030 Education agenda: learning.

We are faced with a global learning challenge today. While many countries have expanded access to primary education since 2000, recent studies have indicated low levels of learning. Worldwide, an estimated 250 million children are not learning basic skills to reach their full potential.

This requires a shift in policy, and improved access to information on how to ensure that children are not just in school, but are learning in school. To help fill the void in information, IIEP is gearing up to launch a new online community called the IIEP Learning Portal.

On World Teachers’ Day, the Portal will launch as a one-stop-shop for resources, dialogue, and up-to-date, neutral research and information on learning issues – from primary through secondary education.

The site will include:

  • Brief summaries of the research on 25 ways to improve learning
  • An overview of each step in creating a plan for learning improvement
  • Tools and approaches to monitor learning and put the data to use
  • A blog and a selection of news articles on learning from around the world
  • Ways to learn about major learning controversies and participate in e-forum discussions
  • A glossary of key learning-related terms in three languages (English, French and Spanish)
  • A library of more than 1000 resources related to learning including research and reports on efforts to improve learning, sample policies, current debates, and a wide range of experiences on learning issues …
  • And a chance to ask a librarian to help you find the resources you need.

We hope to foster a community for everyone wanting to find solutions for improving learning–educational planners, policy-makers, civil society organizations, funders, and concerned citizens. We hope you will be part of this community, partake in discussion and make use of all of our resources to make learning happen.

Contributed by : Lyndsay Bird Paul Coustère Lynne Sergent Muriel Poisson Estelle Zadra Leonora MacEwen