Education for All and the Sustainable Development Goals

‘Education for All’ has been a development goal for many years. The UNESCO-headed initiative ‘Education for All’ and the second Millennium Development Goal aimed at achieving universal basic education by 2015. Despite considerable progress this goal has been missed. Today, education for all is again part of the newly established international development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals which were adopted in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly.

The SDG4 reads as follows: ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’. This reflects the lessons learnt of past efforts. The historical goal of granting access to education to all persons will not be reached by 2030 unless social and educational equity as well as the quality of education are adequately addressed and the international education agenda is substantially enlarged beyond primary education.

In this context, ÖFSE’s work focuses on the implications of the new education and development agenda as well as on the questions of which strategies appear to be adequate in order to best take account of the lessons learnt. Moreover, the role of education in the changed international development architecture has to be analysed.

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Publications on the topic:

Briefing Paper 34

Inequalities in education from a global perspective.

Theoretical approaches, dimensions and policy discussions

Margarita Langthaler / Julia Malik

Wien, February 2023

Attention to the issue of inequalities in education has risen considerably after the COVID-1 ...

Working Paper 67

Migrant and Refugee Students from the Global South at Austrian Universities: A Typology for Targeted Support

Judith Kohlenberger / Theresa Herzog / Tobias Schnitzler

Wien, April 2022

Refugees and migrants from the Global South often experience difficulties in finding access  ...

Working Paper 66

Education and Empowerment: Voices from Ugandan Youth

Simone Datzberger

Wien, March 2022

There is a widespread assumption that education leads to empowerment. However, research rare ...

Briefing Paper 23

Globale Partnerschaften in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. Mit einem Fokus auf den Bildungssektor

Margarita Langthaler / Michael Obrovsky

Wien, August 2019

Das Konzept der globalen Partnerschaft in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit kann auf eine länge ...

Briefing Paper 17

Globale Entwicklungsziele und ihre nationale Realisierung am Beispiel des SDG 4 – Bildung für Alle – in Österreich

Margarita Langthaler / Michael Obrovsky

Wien, April 2018

Das vorliegende Paper nimmt die Umsetzung der 2030-Agenda und der SDGs in und durch Österrei ...


Die Konjunktur der Bildungszusammenarbeit. Ein Liebkind der internationalen EZA?

Zukunft entwickeln. Dokumentation der 15. Entwicklungspolitischen Hochschulwochen an der Universität Salzburg 2015.

Margarita Langthaler

December 2016 | ISBN: 978-3-63169933-1

Die 15. Entwicklungspolitischen Hochschulwochen, die Südwind Salzburg in Kooperation mit de ...

Briefing Paper 14

The SDGs and inclusive education for all. From special education to addressing social inequalities.

Xavier Rambla / Margarita Langthaler

Wien, June 2016

This briefing paper draws on the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals and the prev ...


Die Konjunkturen der Bildungszusammenarbeit. Ein Liebkind der internationalen EZA?

HSK Band 34

Margarita Langthaler

March 2016

Bildung zählt seit den Anfängen der internationalen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit zu deren them ...

Briefing Paper 12

Bildung und die Sustainable Development Goals

Zur Einschätzung des Bildungsziels in den SDGs

Margarita Langthaler

Wien, November 2015

Im September 2015 wurden die Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) von der UNO-Generalversamm ...