Education 2030 calls for a holistic approach in Education


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an inter-governmental commitment and
“a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity”. It comprises 17 Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) that are “integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of
sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental”; and demonstrate the
scale and ambition of the new universal Agenda.1 They result from what is arguably the most
inclusive process of consultation in the history of the United Nations, reflecting substantive
input from all sectors of society, all actors of the international community and all parts of
the world. All Member States, the entire UN system, experts and a cross-section of civil
society, business and, most importantly, millions of people from all corners of the globe, have
committed themselves to this comprehensive agenda seeking to address globally-shared
concerns and to promote the public good.


Sustainable Development Goal 4: Education is central to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Within the comprehensive 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, education is essentially articulated as a stand-alone goal (SDG 4) with its 7 outcome targets and 3 means of implementation.

Education-related targets across the SDGs: Education in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development is not restricted to SDG 4. Education, is specifically mentioned in targets of the five goals listed below, but also linked to almost all of the other SDGs in one way or another:
SDG 3: Health and Well-being
Target 3.7: By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare
services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes

SDG5: Gender Equality
Target 5.6: Number of countries with laws and regulations that guarantee
women aged 15-49 years access to sexual and reproductive health care,
information and education

SDG8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Target 8.6: By 2020 substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in
employment, education or training

SDG12:Responsible Consumption & Production
Target 12.8: By 2030 ensure that people everywhere have the relevant
information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in
harmony with nature

SDG13:Climate Change Mitigation
Target 13.3: Improve education, awareness raising and human and institutional
capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction, and
early warning


1. Education is a fundamental human right and an enabling right. To fulfill this right, countries must ensure universal equal access to inclusive and equitable
quality education and learning, leaving no one behind. Education shall aim at the full development of the human personality and promote mutual understanding, tolerance, friendship and peace.
2. Education is a public good.  The state is the main duty-bearer in protecting, respecting,
and fulfilling the right to education. As a shared societal endeavour, education implies
an inclusive process of public policy formulation and implementation2. Civil society,
teachers and educators, the private sector, communities, families, youth and children
all have important roles in realizing the right to quality education. The role of the state
is essential in setting and regulating standards and norms.
3. Gender equality is inextricably linked to the right to education for all. Achieving
gender equality requires a rights-based approach that ensures that girls and boys,
women and men not only gain access to and complete education cycles, but are
empowered equally in and through education.


A universal agenda for all countries: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is
framed by 5 key objectives: (1) People – to end poverty and hunger; (2) Planet – to protect
the planet from degradation (3) Prosperity – to ensure that all human beings can enjoy
prosperous and fulfilling lives (4) Peace – to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies and (5)
Partnership – to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. The concern for sustainable development and its three dimensions – economic, social and environmental – is at the heart of the 2030 global development agenda. This globally shared concern for sustainability implies a universal agenda relevant to all societies regardless of income and/or development status. This can be understood as a universality of principles (human rights), universality of reach (focus on equity
and inclusion), and universality of country coverage.

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