Transformation or continuation? a critical analysis of the making of the post-2015 education agenda

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Abstract

As the target date of 2015 draws near for both the Education for All and Millennium Development Goals, consultations are well-underway to begin defining the shape and scope of the post-2015 development agenda. Between September 2012 and March 2013, UN Member States, private sector representatives, multilateral development agencies, epistemic communities and non-governmental organisations participated in the Global Thematic Consultation on Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Participants involved emphasised education as a societal good and a fundamental human right. Participants also highlighted the importance of education in addressing broader global challenges, stating that ‘education and learning should be transformative and foster global citizenship, thereby assuming its central role in helping people to forge more just, peaceful, tolerant and inclusive societies’. Such discourse suggests a shift in the objectives and priorities of global education in the post-2015 context. Is it possible that the post-2015 education agenda will represent a counter-hegemonic vision for global education? This paper engages in discursal analysis of the Global Thematic Consultation on Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda to offer a preliminary answer to this question.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-387
Number of pages19
JournalGlobalisation, Societies and Education
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2014

Keywords

  • counter-hegemony
  • global education
  • hegemony
  • neoliberal globalisation
  • post-2015 education agenda

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute

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