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A User’s Guide to the Post-2015 Agenda Education Targets 

June 20, 2014 — By Heath Wickline

Global Development and Population Fellow Rachel Quint recently co-authored a blog post with Allison Anderson of the Brookings Institution about the two leading proposals for education goals and targets in the post-2015 development agenda.

From Brookings' Education + Development blog: 

One of the key questions facing the framers of the post-2015 agenda is how to best address education access, quality, outcomes and equity. While the Millennium Development Goal targets successfully prioritized schooling access, the last 15 years have illustrated that schooling access must be paired with actions that address education quality. Moreover, the expansion of access seen so far has left behind many of the most marginalized and poor children, including girls, and many who are in school face the “hidden exclusion” of being in school but not learning. 

Lively discussions among U.N. member states, U.N. agencies and civil society representatives are helping to craft meaningful goals and targets to shape international education policies. At the crux of these discussions are two proposals for education goals and targets: one from the inter-governmental Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals and the other from the Education for All Steering Committee (EFA SC).

But with two global proposals, how do we know which language to use in a post-2015 framework?