Fifteen years ago, at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, 164 countries undersigned “six internationally agreed education goals aimed to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015.”
Since 2002, the UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report (EFA GMR) has monitored progress towards achieving these Education for All Goals, as well as the two education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
In this pivotal year, when the member states of the United Nations will adopt a new sustainable development agenda, the EFA GMR Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges assesses the advancements made since 2000 and the challenges that have hindered success. Progress towards the achievement of each goal is evaluated through report cards and the report provides also key insight into how to shape the post-2015 global education agenda.
Overall, the EFA GMR recognizes that great strides have been made since 2000, yet we are far from achieving Education for All. Inequality in education remains, and poverty is a persistent barrier to access and learning. The most disadvantaged children are still the ones most often left behind. The sector remains underfinanced, both by local governments and donors.
In order to ensure renewed progress and success in the next 15 years, EFA GMR points out that new targets must be specific, relevant and measurable as well as focus strongly on equity and the needs of the most marginalized and vulnerable.
For more than a decade, the UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report has played a pivotal role in helping the world to monitor and track progress in achieving the right of every child, girls and boys, to a good quality education. As we head into the final year of the Millennium Development Goals and set the agenda for global education for the years ahead, this report tells us that while progress has been made, our work is far from done. We must - and we can - do better. -Julia Gillard , Chair, Global Partnership for Education