In 2015, the world committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Education 2030 Framework for Action (FFA) within the next fifteen years. For education, this includes a commitment to 'ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all' - regardless of personal, social or political context.
This global development agenda is more ambitious and broad in scope than anything that has come before it. As the world moves towards the implementation of the goals, it's crucial that the lessons learned over the last 15 years are taken into account - and the biggest lesson is that good intentions and political commitments can only be delivered when there is sufficient, good quality financing. While money alone will not guarantee success, it remains essential – to train and hire qualified teachers, to provide sufficient teaching and learning materials, to create safe and appropriate learning spaces.