UN SDG review: World education levels far short of goals | DW News


In July, 2015, the United Nations adopted its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), meant to improve the lives of billions of people by 2030. But a third of the way towards the deadline, a review has found the world is likely to fail to meet its commitments for education. Under the Sustainable Development Goals, all children should be in school by 2030. But at present rates of progress, fourteen percent will still not be in education by then. On literacy, all young people should be able to read and write by 2030. But it’s feared that 20 percent will still be illiterate. Projections are worse for low-income countries. Pakistan, for example, has one of the worst levels of out-of-school primary-age children in the world. DW visited a school there to see what’s being done to get kids into school and keep them there. Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is now an education advisor to UNESCO. She spoke with DW about the main issues involved in getting more children and young people educated.

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  1. Cheryl Carlson says

    Having seen gorgeous school buildings in Texas with horrid, idiotic teachers who regimented thirst for learning out of kids, I homeschooled my kids. This has convinced me that if there were street gatherings taught by people who know something, perhaps not everything, learning could spread faster than head lice. Imagine a storyteller portraying a bit of history, another doing practical math, another practical chemistry, another basic physics, another teaching native arts, another showing safe cooking skills. Imagine if graffiti was text books available for all to read. Focusing on just the youngest of kids is cruel to their parents who didn't get a chance. I believe there is no age limit to learning and no limit to what you can do with that learning if you find like minded people also on this quest.

  2. tan ho says

    pursuing education is a fundamental need and i hope all kids will be able to school because its a way to give them a future and lesson also knowledge. i wish this documentary can reach in where it can get a fun to support kids to school program

  3. Reza Putra says

    Sajid's story is typical to Indonesian children of fishers who are dominantly poor — More than 90% of artisanal fishers live in poverty. There is a program by a local NGO initiating a boat school which allows children like Sajid catch up with his fellow friends after absence from school for helping his father harvesting stocks at the sea for days. They feel embarassed for skipping classes — ironically, it's what keeps them pushed away from attending more classes.

  4. I Bhardwaj says

    After this audit like report, Any strategy to achieve target?

  5. I Bhardwaj says

    Informative report 👌 👍 💐

  6. cromagxx says

    IMHO, since the opportunities and time to expose these poor children to education are so limited, would it be possible to bias that little education opportunity from the beginning so they grow in knowledge as well as in the mindset of becoming teachers themselves. Them getting a LEARN & SHARE type of education, they can propagate their new skills back in their home/town with the even less fortunate!

  7. Misty Magique says

    Teachers need to be respected and treated well too .. so that world education goals be met

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