Over last few months, Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU), the European Students’ Union (ESU), and Education International (EI) have been working together to develop a joint statement in relation to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its 17 related goals, which the United Nations adopted in September 2015. Now the result of this work is here!
The 17 goals and 169 targets make up the most ambitious development agenda the World has ever seen. Composed much broader than the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they are addressing the eradication of poverty and inequality in all areas of social, economic and environmental development, and acts as guide to actions not only in the Global South, but in each of the World’s 193 countries.
Education has been prominently included as Goal 4, which is to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all“, as one of the transformative powers to create more sustainable societies. While the MDGs were centred around primary education, there is now explicit commitments to secondary and tertiary education.
That is why, OBESSU, ESU and EI have come together to propose “A joint vision for Secondary and Higher Education for All in Europe”.