Background

Education for All (Education for All – EFA) is a program created in 1990 in Jomtien, Thailand, as a global commitment to achieve quality education for all children, youth and adults. This initiative was renewed in 2000, in Dakar, in the context of the World Education Forum. That year, leaders of 164 countries, building on the earlier work done by civil society organisations, started one of the most important educational campaigns of all time. They identified six goals to be met before 2015. UNESCO was responsible for the coordination of the programme.

At the same time, the United Nations developed another global initiative, the Millennium Development Goals, which also included some educational goals related to the EFA campaign and thus a global movement to define a road map for governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, universities, civil society, the private sector and the international community was established.

Despite the achievement of many of the EFA goals in most parts of the world, achieving a quality education as a basic human right and critical for social and personal development of individuals is still a significant challenge for today’s society.

Fifteen years since the establishment of EFA, we must consider the new educational objectives of the international agenda for the coming years. Many countries and organisations around the world are involved in this mission, and we can also contribute to it from Catalonia.

Locally, the UNESCO Centre in Catalonia and the Jaume Bofill Foundation have closely followed the debate and reflection on this subject through several campaigns and meetings in which the education sector has been invited to make contributions. These include «The things I learned about education», «The educational priorities in Catalonia» and «Who are the main actors of educational change?».