Education for All
Urged by the love of Christ, we choose to express our mission through ministry directed toward education.
For us, education means enabling persons to reach the fullness of their potential as individuals created in God’s image and assisting them to direct their gifts toward building the earth.
(You Are Sent, Constitution 22)
The right to education for each and every person was clearly established in Article 26 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (508 Languages) and reaffirmed in the 1979 Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination against Women (English, Español) and the 1990 Convention on the Rights of the Child (English, Español).
The promise of education for all was repeated again when world leaders came together to make educational commitments to make the right to Education for All (English, Español) a reality for all.
Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education
Despite the good intentions and significant efforts of many, too many girls and boys—and women and men—still lack access to quality education.
- Less than one in five countries guarantee 12 years of free and compulsory education (page xvi)
- In half of 148 countries, less than three-quarters of primary schools had access to drinking water (page xvi)
- Globally, 86% of primary school teachers are trained, but the proportion is lower in Southern Asia (77%), the Caribbean (70%) and sub-Saharan Africa (62%). (page 242)
- 19% of adults in mostly high income countries did not meet the minimum literacy level. In the United States, 29% of adults did not reach the minimum numeracy level. (page 200)
- Only 66% of countries have achieved gender parity in primary education, 45% in lower secondary and 25% in upper secondary. (page xvi)
We each have a responsibility to help meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Use the ten targets below to create action to ensure quality education.
- UNESCO Roadmap to reach the SDG4 goal is the Education 2030 Framework for Action (English, Español).
- Global Campaign for Education (Deutsch, English, Español, Japanese, Portugues) promotes education as a basic human right and mobilizes public pressure on governments and the global community to fulfill their promises to provide free, compulsory, public, basic education for all people; in particular for children, women and all disadvantaged sectors of
- The Right to Education Project (English, Español) aims to promote social mobilization and legal accountability.
- The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (English) is a partnership of organizations committed to narrowing the gender gap in primary and secondary education. It also seeks to ensure that, by 2030,
- Countries to achieve measurable change in girls’ education and gender equality; and
- Global and national development agendas to reflect emerging concerns on girls’ education and gender equality, especially for the most marginalized.
- Global Education Monitoring Report
- EdStats (English) is the World Bank’s comprehensive Database of education statistics. It provides statistical snapshots of individual country’s progress on EFA and the education goals of the
- Deutsch Welle
- 7 Insane Ways Children Get to School All Around the World
- Malala calls on G7 leaders to commit to girls’ education (Twitter video)
- Join the Global Campaign for Education . Sign up for action alerts and follow the latest political developments on
- Plan a Film Festival featuring EFA videos, such as: 1 Goal: Kids’ Dreams; 1 Goal: 2 Girls Born on the Same Day, The Girl Effect, Zanabu’s Story: A Girl’s Dream of Education, Education for All: Class of 2015, Für das Menschenrecht auf Bildung, Corresponsales de Piura, Perú: La Mayor Lección Mundial 2008, 2008 Biggest Lesson—Español, Why is Education Important?
- Remind your elected leaders of their responsibility to provide quality education to all their citizens. Write, call, fax, and email those who have the power to make the promise of Education for All a
- Write to your local newspaper, give a lecture, or sponsor a rally in support of Education for All.
Spirit of Wisdom, open our eyes that we might see
the needs of your people longing to learn;
open our ears that we might hear the cry
of your people hungry for truth;
open our hearts that we might embrace
the yearning of your people thirsting for you.
Keep us faithful to the vision
of Blessed Theresa and Mother Caroline,
that we might understand anew
your Gospel call to transform the world. Amen.