G20 underscores need to place education at the centre of the global agenda

The G20 Education Ministerial Meeting declaration addresses personal development, innovation, and the Sustainable Development Goals, among other topics.

The declaration of the G20 Education Ministerial Meeting held in Mendoza today reaffirms the unique role of education as a key driver of fair and sustainable development, acknowledging the need to place education “at the centre of the global agenda.”

Agreed by all G20 member countries, the document stresses the “transformative power and cross-cutting nature of education,” an essential tool to address global challenges and contribute to the pursuit of dialogue, consensus, cooperation and collaboration.

Education ministers believe education lays the groundwork for personal development, as “it provides children, young people and adults with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary to reach their full potential.” It also helps to reduce poverty and promote active citizenship, thus contributing to peace, inclusion and prosperity.

Representatives from G20 member and guest countries once more reiterated their commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and in particular to Sustainable Development Goal 4 – to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

With respect to the future of work, one of the priorities defined by the Argentine G20 presidency, the declaration calls for promoting “multiple and flexible pathways into lifelong education and training that enhance the linkage and transition between all educational levels,” and for adopting curricula that are highly responsive to evidence-based practices and future employment trends. In this context, it is important that “education keeps pace with societal and technological innovations such as artificial intelligence, big data and the internet of things.”

The document recognizes that implementing policies requires appropriate funding. Ministers acknowledge that “adequate levels of domestic and international investment in education” are required to “achieve inclusive, equitable and quality education, as well as lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

Finally, countries committed to “strengthening international cooperation and addressing common challenges together by learning from each other's experiences, sharing knowledge and best practices, and developing joint initiatives at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.”