The world is 50 years late in meeting the education targets set out in the Sustainable Development Agenda, a new report by the UN agency for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) has found.

The global goals or SDGs are a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty and tackle climate change, adopted by world leaders at the UN last September.

The right to a quality education is one of them.

Countries are not going to meet a single global education commitment by 2030, according to the new Global Education Monitoring Report or GEM. 

The report, published by UNESCO, is tasked with monitoring international education targets. 

On current trends, the world is half a century late for the 2030 deadline. 

Education has the potential to propel progress towards the UN global goals, the report states, but to do so it needs a “major transformation”.

 Education systems, for example, must give people vital skills and knowledge that can support a transition to greener industries. 

Dr Sakena Yaccobi, the CEO of the Afghan Learning Institute, who was in London for the launch of the report, echoes this view. 

“We must involve environment, because when we don’t have a green environment and we have an issue and we don’t teach our children how to protect that environment, we run out of water, we run out of greenery, we also create an environment that makes people sick. So it’s like a chain, everything goes together.” 

Half of countries’ curricula worldwide do not explicitly mention climate change or environmental sustainability in their content.


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