By Suzanne Grant Lewis, IIEP-UNESCO director


Quality education for all is the bedrock of a safer, more equitable and prosperous world. However, the power of education risks being undermined as 263 million children and young people remain out of school today. In low-income countries, many young people face a lifetime of challenges as only 67 per cent of children are completing primary school. 

Together, we can turn these figures around. The release of a much-anticipated report in mid-September on education financing from The Education Commission confirmed this: with action now from a broad spectrum of partners, all young people could attend and learn in pre-primary, primary and secondary school within a generation. 

IIEP is grateful to have been one of the many partners to contribute to the Commission’s report on how to maximize investment in education through improved financing mechanisms to achieve what it calls the “Learning Generation.” In the following pages, we invite you to delve deeper into additional ways IIEP can support Member States in achieving global goals through local action and robust sector-wide plans and policies. 

This Issue looks at a selection of research projects, platforms and resources now available to support education actors in planning for and monitoring the new Education 2030 agenda. From improving teaching quality to freeing education systems from corruption, building resilience during times of crisis and easing the transition to work for youth, there are a multitude of realities and challenges planners and policy-makers should take into account as they reevaluate and improve national education plans. As the Education Commission report stresses: “More than ever, education now offers the world the opportunity to secure the future of the global economy and global stability, and to improve the lives of millions of young people. We need to act now to seize this opportunity together.” 


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