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Education and the SDGs: Occasional Paper #2

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This is the second Educate A Child (EAC) Occasional Paper. The purpose of our occasional papers series is to recognize and bring topics pertinent to out of school children (OOSC) to the fore for discussion and further elaboration.

As the global community embarks on the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that it has committed to reach by 2030, it is incumbent upon all of us to consider how we will attain them. A first step in education is to determine where there are relationships, how strong they are, and in what direction they flow. This paper is EAC’s start on better understanding the role of education in relation to the other 16 SDGs. It comprehensively summarizes a key selection of recent publications from highprofile organizations, with a goal of better understanding what we currently know and what we still need to know about education.

EAC believes that education has a transformational role to play in addressing the development challenges that the world faces today and over the next 15 years. Its primary contribution will focus on the most disadvantaged when it comes to the right to quality basic education. Nevertheless, an understanding of how to contribute to meaningful change in the education sector requires a solid understanding of education’s role more generally.