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Education Hub e-discussion - 'Increasing access to education'

The latest e-discussion on increasing access to education on the Commonwealth Education Hub will run between 29 February and 25 March 2016. 

The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 agenda highlights the need for access to education for all. Access goes beyond the physical infrastructure, to ensuring equitable and equal access to quality education.

While significant access-related progress has been made across the Commonwealth and beyond, a backlog still exists in the provision of education to all sectors of society, including:

  • Approximately 17 million primary-aged children and 16.4 million youths out of school across the Commonwealth;
  • The impact of conflict and health crises on school attendance;
  • Disproportionately lower engagement of marginalised populations and peoples in the education system (e.g. rural and differently abled children, indigenous peoples); and,
  • Engagement in early childhood education, and drop-out between the transition from primary and secondary education; and,
  • Approximately 3% more boys than girls enrolled in primary schools across Commonwealth countries.

Given some of the challenges outlined above, what can different stakeholders do to overcome access-related challenges to education by 2030? In particular:

  • What are the key aspects that need to be implemented to ensure equitable and fair access to education?
  • What is needed by policy-makers to better inform them during the policy-drafting cycle in their response to the SDGs? 
  • What can institutions, granting agencies, companies, communities, parents and students do to support increased access to quality education?
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