Quality education for achieving sustainable development

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Aitokhuehi O.O.
Jegede, S.
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Fafunwa Educational Foundation (FEF) in collaboration with The Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria
Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted in 2000 and were given a target date of 2015. They were adjudged by the United Nations as the best anti-poverty drive in times past, but in contradiction, as these achievements were being chronicled, the world seemed to be undergoing peculiar circumstances in different aspects of life. The paper examined the achievements of each of the goals. The indicators of all the MDGs were reported to have improved dramatically from the base year 2000 to 2015. Also, the paper examined the current 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are supposed to usher the world into enduring development by the year 2030. It is argued by the paper that, for SDGs to be achieved, education has a crucial role to play and that such education must be qualitative. That such education for sustainable development must be directed to the attainment of a peaceful co-existence, encourage the internalization of values, reduction of poverty to the barest minimum and, more importantly, be based on the principle of inclusiveness. In order to achieve all the objectives of the SDGs, there is a need to rebuild the dignity of the teacher and teaching profession. Moreover, appropriate policies that are derived from an exhaustive understanding of the challenges plaguing society and the educational sector need to be formulated. In conclusion, leadership in any educational system requires a great understanding of the important role bequeathed to them with the proper understanding that qualitative education does not come cheap.
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Aitokhuehi, O. O. & Jegede ’Supo. (2019). Quality education for achieving sustainable development. Fafunwa Journal of Contemporary Education, 2(1), 92-100.