2016 Education Report consultation: Education, sustainability and the post-2015 development agenda

Share your views to help develop the forthcoming 2016 Education Report

The Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) is an authoritative, analytical, evidence-based report, which has monitored progress on an almost annual basis towards the EFA goals, and the two education-related Millennium Development Goals since 2002. A final report on EFA achievements and remaining challenges is soon to be completed and will be launched in April 2015.

Starting in 2016, a new series of reports will monitor the state of education in the new framework of the anticipated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The first report in the series, the 2016 Report, will be ‘Education, sustainability and the post-2015 development agenda’, as decided with the strong support of the GMR Advisory Board. The 2016 report will focus on the complex interrelationships and links between education and key development sectors, and determine which education strategies, policies and programmes are most effectively linked to the economic, social, environmental and political priorities of the new sustainable development agenda. The report will also establish a new monitoring framework for education, and examine key financing and governance challenges for the post-2015 era.

We are keen to hear your views on the chosen theme. Your help will contribute to our thinking on education’s role in sustainable development, and to the shape and content of the report. We particularly welcome experts from non-education sectors to be part of this public consultation, as well as researchers, sector experts, practitioners, teachers, governments, non-governmental organizations, aid donors, and anyone with an interest in education and development to share your views.

Please read the concept note and contribute to this online consultation before 28 January 2015.

Post your contributions as comments to this blog, providing web links to research reports, policy papers, evaluations, and other documents or datasets that you think would be useful for the Report team.

If you would rather email your comments, or have attachments of documents or data that you would like to share with the Report team, please send them directly to efareport@unesco.org with ‘2016 Report Consultation’ as a subject heading.

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One thought on “2016 Education Report consultation: Education, sustainability and the post-2015 development agenda

  1. Randolph Femmer

    As a contribution here, consider for a moment the following question: What should EVERY student, educator, policymaker, citizen, and scholar KNOW about our planet? And then contemplate how such essential principles, data sets, and core understandings might be shared, for instance, with policymakers or foreign policy advisors, or leading academics in, for example, a one-day workshop? Or shared with students and/or first-year undergraduates of every major in an easy (and do-able; and free) one-or-two-week open-courseware unit?

    Next envision, therefore, TWO open-courseware collections of “Sustainability-Science” Executive summary PowerPoints and Executive summary PDFs that are both (a) easily accessible, and (b) entirely free for use by scientists, policymakers, students, and educators anywhere in the world. One of these collections is entitled “Biospheric Literacy and Sustainability 101 – Six PowerPoints / Six Days” and its resources are both accessible and freely-downloadable at http://golddoubloons.wix.com/biospheric-literacy#!powerpoints/c24vq . The second collection consists of six brief “Executive summary PDFs” for policymakers and academia which are accessible and downloadable at http://golddoubloons.wix.com/biospheric-literacy#!pdfs/cdc9 .

    When it comes to biospheric systems, environmental sustainability, and the only functioning planetary life-support machinery so far known to exist anywhere in the universe, we submit that there exists a specific repertoire of scientific information that every citizen should know about our planet, which includes, for example, topics such as Global environmental issues? Introductory Ecology? Population-environment? Food, water, and sustainability? Biodiversity and Conservation? Exponential and steady-state mathematics? Carrying capacity and Limiting Factors in population systems? And “Exactly HOW LARGE is a Billion?” (For this last, see some of the PowerPoint items – as a hint, however, the answer is 38,461 years.)

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