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International Goals for Education


Global Campaign for Education



There are two important international agreements that are guiding the global effort for universal education. In negotiating these agreements, the United States focused its efforts on providing all children a basic human right to education.

The United States promised to help finance these international goals for education in developing countries:

Education For All Goals

Negotiated at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000, with benchmarks to universal primary education by 2015:

  1. To expand and improve comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children

  2. To ensure that by 2015 all children-particularly girls, children in difficult circumstances, and ethnic minorities-have access to a complete free, compulsory, and quality primary education

  3. To ensure that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life skills programs

  4. To achieve a 50 percent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults

  5. To eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005, and achieve gender equality in education by 2015, ensuring girls' full and equal access to, and achievement in, a basic quality education

  6. To improve all aspects of the quality of education so that recognized and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all, especially in literacy, mathematics, and essential life skills.

Millennium Development Goals

Finalized in 2000 by the United Nations in New York, setting sight on 2015:

  1. To ensure that all children complete a full course of primary schooling

  2. To eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education at all levels by 2015.