As the 2015 expiration date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, the goal of achieving universal access to primary education is unlikely to be realized. Worldwide, 61 million children still do not have access to primary school and millions more are in school but not learning basic skills. In response, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched a five-year global education initiative, Education First, at the U.N. General Assembly this September, calling on local governments and the international community to prioritize quality education leading up to and following 2015.
On December 5, the Center for Universal Education at Brookings hosted a discussion on the role of education in the post-2015 development agenda. Building on the launch of Education First, the panelists discussed how to reach the remaining children with no access to school, and improve the quality and relevancy of education for all children and youth.