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The Basic Skills Gap

Eric A. Hanushek, Ludger Woessmann
Published Date: 
Finance & Development
pp. 50-53

Meeting the SDGs is impossible without global universal basic skills, still a faraway goal

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have received considerable attention since their adoption in 2015. But halfway through their implementation period there is little indication that the ambitious agenda will be accomplished by 2030. The key to bringing about the 17 SDGs is enhanced world development that provides the resources needed to move forward on the goals, but there is a fundamental challenge. Economic development depends on the skills of each society, which means that high-quality, equitable education is paramount.