Education for All
RESULTS has supported the Education for All campaign since 2002, out of the belief that education is critical to eliminating poverty, empowering active and healthy citizens, and building sustainable solutions to the greatest development challenges of our day: HIV/AIDS, environmental degradation, economic deprivation, inequity, violence.
And yet, more than 61 million primary school-aged children around the world still do not have access to education, denying them access to basic literacy, numeracy and other skills an education provides. Even worse, a quarter billion children will never continue on to secondary or high school. There could be more out of school children in 2015 than there are today. Just under 796 million adults and youth are illiterate today and are thus condemned to a life of limited options and vulnerability, which their children will in turn inherit. At the current rate of progress, there will still be 72 million children and youth out of school by the Millennium Development Goals deadline of 2015.
The Education for All movement is a global commitment to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults. The movement was launched at the World Conference on Education for All in 1990 by UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, the World Bank and civil society partners from around the world. Participants endorsed an ‘expanded vision of learning’ and pledged to universalize primary education and massively reduce illiteracy by the end of the decade. Ten years later, with many countries far from having reached this goal, the international community met again in Dakar, Senegal, and affirmed their commitment to achieving Education for All by the year 2015. They identified six key education goals which aim to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015:
RESULTS actively advocates for donor governments to increase their aid for basic education, and improve the way it is being delivered so that it achieves measureable, effective and tangible impacts on education development objectives. By advocating for better education aid policy both in the U.S. and within multilaterals such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, RESULTS ensures that donors are fulfilling their commitment to achieve Education for All.