International Youth Day 2019 is all about, “Transforming education,” highlights efforts of making education more equitable, inclusive and relevant for all youth, including the efforts of youth themselves putting in the transformation. Fulfilling the Goal 4 Agenda of the 2030 for Sustainable Development – to “be sure equitable quality and inclusive education and promote lifelong opportunities of learning for everyone”– International Youth Day 2019 will inspect how Governments, youth-led, young people, youth-focused organizations and other stakeholders, are contributing to the transforming education Agenda and how these efforts will achieve the Sustainable Development for 2030 Agenda.
Statistics evoke us that significant transformations are still required to make education systems more accessible and inclusive: Only 10% of people have completed upper secondary education in low-income countries; about 75 % of secondary school refugees are not in school, and finally 40 % of the worldwide population is not taught in the language they fully understand or speak. In addition, young people & indigenous youth, with disabilities, young people, young women belonging to vulnerable groups or they are in vulnerable situations, etc. They are facing more challenges to get access to education that respects their diverse abilities and needs as well as embraces their unique identities and realities.
For sustainable development, it is crucial to make education more inclusive, equitable, and relevant. Education plays a pivotal role in accelerating progress, and it is a ‘development multiplier’ to fulfill across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, be it good health, poverty eradication, decent work, gender equality, and growth, reduced inequalities, building peaceful societies or action on climate.
Education should direct an effective learning outcome, the school content of pedagogy and curricula should fit for purpose, not to revolutionize the 4th industrial and the future of life and work, but for the challenges and opportunities that are swiftly changing social contexts bring.