The goal of education for all was put forth as early as 1990 in the World Declaration on Education for All, according to which every person, child, youth and adult should “benefit from educational opportunities designed to meet their basic learning needs.” In 2000, the World Education Forum adopted the Dakar Framework for Action “Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments” and the United Nations committed to attaining, by 2015, eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the second of which is to ensure universal primary education.

According to UNESCO’s 2008 report on education for all, seventy-two million children worldwide are still not enrolled in school. While the MDGs made it possible to focus efforts on primary schooling, a great deal of work remains to be done on adult literacy. Gender equality also remains a challenge, and education quality requires considerable additional effort.

The amounts that France has devoted to education in its official development assistance (ODA) remain small. Furthermore, some of this spending, écolage, is abusively counted under French ODA, as it is part of France’s outreach policy under which it welcomes foreign students to its universities.

Coordination SUD’s Monitoring of Education for All

Coordination SUD’s member NGOs active in the field of education and training come together in the Education and Vocational Training Commission. They notably watch over the proper harmonization of various initiatives taken in France in the framework of the Global Campaign for Education.