International Education Policies, Issues, and Challenges

Education post-2015 was discussed at the Global Education Meeting in Oman in May 2014, and there seems likely to be one broad international goal for education, focused particularly on learning at all levels of education and throughout life, measured by some ten or so targets. This new goal, and its associated targets, will therefore go well beyond the overlapping six Education for All (EFA) and two education Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) currently in place since 2000, which are mostly to do with access.The effectiveness of any new education goal, however, will depend on the extent to which it is grounded in a consensus on why education matters for development; the recent history of enrollment, learning, and financing, including the growing importance of private as well as public education for the poor; the international institutional environment, including new players, and the ability to monitor and enforce the goal; and the application in education of the broader data and evaluation revolution that has impacted on development thinking and development economics.


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