This new edition of Education at a Glance is published only a few weeks after world leaders defined the global ambitions for the next 15 years by adopting 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations Summit in New York. Education is a cornerstone of the sustainable development agenda, and the education-related goal aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030. The goal is composed of ten targets that, together, represent an ambitious commitment to develop better skills for better lives. What is new about this Education 2030 agenda is its focus on expanded access, inclusion and equity, quality and learning outcomes at all levels of education – and for people of all ages. Five of the ten targets are concerned with improving the quality of education for individual children, young people and adults, to ensure that
they acquire better and more relevant knowledge and skills.