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What is youth and adult education - today?

Rosa María Torres
Silvio Alvarez - Brazilian artist

En español: ¿Qué es educación de jóvenes y adultos, hoy?

In an event held in Quito in December 2016, with the participation of education specialists and members of social organizations in Ecuador, I was the only one mentioning youth and adult education.

The objective of the event was to (re)think the national education agenda, in the proximity of national elections leading to a new government.

Everyone made contributions. At the end of the day, the wall was full of coloured cards covering all possible topics and all levels of the education system. Adult education, however, was not there. Relatively absent was also early childhood and initial education, which is also and mainly adult education since it implies educating parents and caregivers in dealing with young children. 

The fact is that those located at both extremes of the education system - young children, and adults - have always been sidelined in the big picture of education.

In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) the right to education (Article 26), even if focused on the perspective of children and young people, referred to everyone. It mentioned elementary and fundamental education, technical and professional education, and higher education.
Article 26.
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Today, the right to education continues to focus on children and youth. The conceptualization of the right to education applied to adulthood has not advanced.


In an era of expanding life expectancy and of a proposed Lifelong Learning paradigm, national and international education agendas are far from including adults as legitimate subjects of education and of the right to education. Adult education remains the Cinderella of education policies and is not in the mind of most people and most organizations when they refer to education. However, the phrase 'lifelong learning' has been adopted in educational rhetoric worldwide and the education goal (Goal 4) within the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG, 2015-2030) speaks of "Ensuring inclusive and quality education for all, and promote lifelong learning". 

Lifelong Learning has been introduced and is being promoted as a new education paradigm for several decades now, especially by UNESCO. However, education mentalities and policies have not changed accordingly, and specifically in relation to the education of young people and adults. One may be surprised by:

a) The persistent association of education with childhood, education with education system, and education with schooling.

b) The persistent understanding of youth and adult education as compensatory and second-chance education, addressed to the illiterate, the semi-literate and, in general, those 'lagging behind' in terms of school experience and completion. 

c) The continued association of youth and adult education with non-formal education.

d) The absence of policies and strategies dealing with family education, community education, and citizen education, which imply trans-generational approaches.

e) The use of the term 'lifelong learning' without fully understanding its denotations and connotations, and without a real commitment with the paradigmatic change it entails for the education field.

Lifelong Learning means - literally - learning from the womb to the tomb. Adopting Lifelong Learning as a paradigm implies accepting and understanding that learning begins at home and in early childhood, that childhood is not the only age to learn, that education is much wider than schooling, that formal, non-formal and informal learning complement throughout life, that life is expanding and thus the length and importance of the adult age, that youth and adult learning and education are a fundamental and unavoidable element of any modern education policy today.

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Latin America: Six decades of education goals


Rosa María Torres

Over the past decades, Latin America and the Caribbean has been the scenario of multiple international initiatives and plans for education: regional, global, hemispheric, and IberoAmerican. The table below shows the successive plans and goals adopted since 1957 and until 2021. So far, none of them has accomplished the proposed goals within the proposed deadlines. (Only Cuba accomplished the four measurable Education for All goals in 2015).

The year 2015 was the deadline for both Education for All (1990-2015) and the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015). A new global agenda was adopted, the Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030), with 17 objectives and 169 goals much more ambitious for education. (See my comments on SDG - Goal 4).

Six decades were not enough to reach modest primary and basic education goals. Will 15 additional years (2015-2010) manage to achieve more complex and ambitious education goals?


A lo largo de las últimas décadas, América Latina y el Caribe viene siendo escenario de múltiples iniciativas y planes internacionales para la educación, a nivel regional, mundial, hemisférico e iberoamericano. En la tabla (abajo) pueden verse los sucesivos planes y metas adoptados desde 1957 y hasta 2021. Ninguno cumplió hasta hoy las metas propuestas y en los plazos fijados. (Solo Cuba cumplió con las cuatro metas medibles de la Educación para Todos fijadas para 2015).

Concluido el plazo de la Educación para Todos (1990-2015) y de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio (2000-2015), en 2015 se adoptaron los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) con 17 objetivos y 169 metas mucho más ambiciosos para la educación hasta el 2030 (Ver mis comentarios sobre los ODS-Objetivo 4). 

En seis décadas no se logró cumplir metas elementales de educación primaria/básica. ¿En 15 años más (2015-2030) se logrará alcanzar metas más complejas y ambiciosas?



1957-1966
(regional)






1980-2000
(regional)


Primer Proyecto Principal sobre la Extensión y el Mejoramiento de la Educación Primaria en América Latina

First Major Project for the Extension and Improvement of Primary Education in Latin America

PPE
- Segundo Proyecto Principal de Educación en América Latina y el Caribe
1. educación general mínima de 8 a 10 años para todos los niños en edad escolar
2. erradicar el analfabetismo
3. introducir las reformas necesarias


MPE - Second Major Project of Education in Latin America and the Caribbean 

- 8 to10 years of schooling for school-age children
- eradicate illiteracy
- introduce the necessary reforms

UNESCO-OREALC
Oficina Regional de la UNESCO para América Latina y el Caribe
Regional UNESCO Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

1990-2000-2015
(global)

EPT
- Educación para Todos

6 metas adoptadas en Jomtien (1990) y en Dakar (2000).

Metas Jomtien:

1.Expansión de la asistencia y actividades de cuidado y desarrollo de la primera infancia, incluidas  intervenciones de la familia y la comunidad, especialmente para los niños pobres, desasistidos e impedidos.
2.
Acceso universal a la educación primaria (o a cualquier nivel más alto considerado "básico") y terminación de la misma, para el año 2000.

3.
Mejoramiento de los resultados del aprendizaje de modo que un porcentaje convenido de una muestra de edad determinada (ej. 80% de los mayores de 14 años) alcance o sobrepase un nivel dado de logros de aprendizaje considerados necesarios.
4.
Reducción de la tasa de analfabetismo adulto a la mitad del nivel de 1990 para el 2000. El grupo de edad adecuado debe determinarse en cada país y hacerse suficiente hincapié en la alfabetización femenina a fin de modificar la desigualdad frecuente entre índices de alfabetización de hombres y mujeres.

5.
Ampliación de los servicios de educación básica y capacitación a otras competencias esenciales necesarias para los jóvenes y los adultos, evaluando la eficacia de los programas en función de la modificación de la conducta y del impacto en la salud, el empleo y la productividad.
6.
Aumento de la adquisición por parte de los individuos y las familias de los conocimientos, capacidades y valores necesarios para vivir mejor y conseguir un desarrollo racional y sostenido por medio de todos los canales de la educación -incluidos los medios de información modernos, otras formas de comunicación tradicionales y
modernas, y la acción social- evaluándose la eficacia de estas intervenciones en función de la modificación de la conducta.

EFA
- Education for All

6 goals adopted in Jomtien (1990) and in Dakar (2000). 

Jomtien goals:

1.
Expansion of early childhood care and development activities, including family and community interventions, especially for poor, disadvantaged and disabled children.

2.
Universal access to, and completion of, primary education (or whatever higher level of education is considered “basic”) by 2000.

3.
Improvement in learning achievement such that an agreed percentage of an appropriate age cohort (e.g. 80% of 14 year-olds) attains or surpasses a defined level of necessary learning achievement.
4.
Reduction in the adult illiteracy rate (the appropriate age cohort to be determined in each country) to, say, one-half its 1990 level by the year 2000, with sufficient emphasis on female literacy to significantly reduce the current disparity between the male and female illiteracy rates.

5.
Expansion of provision of basic education and training in other essential skills required by youth and adults, with programme effectiveness assessed in terms of behavioural changes and impacts on health, employment and productivity.

6.
Increased acquisition by individuals and families of the knowledge, skills and values required for better living and sound and sustainable development, made available through all educational channels including the mass media, other forms of modern and traditional communication, and social action, with effectiveness assessed in terms of  behavioural change.

UNESCO
UNICEF
PNUD
Banco Mundial
UNFPA

1994-2010
(hemisférico, hemispheric)





2015 

Plan de Acción Hemisférico
Metas Educativas de las Américas
Cumbres Hemisféricas o Cumbres de las Américas
Hemispheric Action Plan - Education Goals of the Americas Summits of the Americas


Proyecto de resolución “Construcción de una Agenda Educativa Interamericana: Educación con Equidad para la Prosperidad”  
- Educación de calidad, inclusiva y con equidad.
- Fortalecimiento de la profesión docente.
- Atención integral a la primera infancia.
(acordado en 20/01/2015 y 21/01/2015)



OEA -
Organización de Estados Americanos


OAS
- Organization of American States


2010-2021
(iberoamericano, IberoAmerican)

Metas 2021
Cumbres Iberoamericanas

Meta 1 Reforzar y ampliar la participación de la sociedad en la acción educadora.
Meta 2
Incrementar las oportunidades y la atención educativa a la diversidad de necesidades del alumnado.
Meta 3
Aumentar la oferta de educación inicial y potenciar su carácter educativo.
Meta 4
Universalizar la educación primaria y la secundaria básica y mejorar su calidad.
Meta 5
Ofrecer un currículo significativo que asegure la adquisición de las competencias básicas para el desarrollo personal y el ejercicio de la ciudadanía democrática.
Meta 6
Incrementar la participación de los jóvenes en la educación secundaria superior, la técnico profesional y la universitaria.
Meta 7
Favorecer la conexión entre la educación y el empleo a través de la educación técnico profesional.
Meta 8
Ofrecer a todas las personas oportunidades de educación a lo largo de toda la vida.
Meta 9
Fortalecer la profesión docente.
Meta 10
Ampliar el espacio iberoamericano del conocimiento y fortalecer la investigación científica.
Meta 11
Invertir más e invertir mejor.
 

OEI
- Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos

OIS- Organization of Iberoamerican States

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¿Aprendizaje a lo Largo de la Vida para el Norte y Educación Primaria para el Sur?
Adult Literacy in Latin America and the Caribbean: Plans and Goals 1980-2015
La década olvidada de la Educación para Todos (1990-2000)

To learn more | Para saber más
Observatorio: Mitos y metas de la 'Educación para Todos' (1990-2000-2015) | Myths and Goals of Education for All
Pronunciamiento Latinoamericano por una Educación para Todos
Panorama Educativo 2010: Desafíos Pendientes, OEA-UNESCO
▸ SITEAL Perfiles educativos de países de América Latina

OTRA∃DUCACION - Texts in English


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This is a bilingual blog. Most texts are published in Spanish. Here is a compilation of texts written in English (alphabetical order).

10 false ideas on education in Finland
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2016/03/10-false-ideas-on-education-in-finland.html

 

12 Theses on Educational Change
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/12/12-theses-on-educational-change.html

1990-2015: Education for All Educación para Todos (compilation)
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2014/08/1990-2015-education-for-all-educacion.html

1990-2030: Global education goals
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/09/1990-2030-global-education-goals-metas.html

25 Years of Education for All
http://educacion-para-todos.blogspot.com/2013/03/25-anos-de-educacion-para-todos-25.html

About 'good practice' in international co-operation in education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/11/what-would-be-good-practice-in.html

Adult Literacy in Latin America and the Caribbean: Plans and Goals 1980-2015
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/05/adult-literacy-in-latin-amrica-and.html

Basic learning needs: Different frameworks
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/11/basic-learning-needs-different.html

Beautiful letters
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/07/lindas-letras-beautiful-letters.html


Child learning and adult learning revisited

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2012/02/child-learning-and-adult-learning.html

Children of the Basarwa (Botswana)
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/09/children-of-basarwa.html

Children's right to basic education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/11/childrens-right-to-basic-education.html

Children's rights: A community learning experience in Senegal
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/01/children-rights-community-learning.html

Cuba and Finland
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/06/cuba-and-finland.html

Ecuador's literacy fiascohttp://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2017/10/ecuadors-literacy-fiasco.html

Education First

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2012/09/educacion-primero-education-first.html


Ecuador: Good Bye to Community and Alternative Education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/11/ecuador-good-bye-to-community-and.html

Education for adaptation?
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/10/educacion-adaptarse-un-mundo-cambiante.html

Education for All 2000-2015 - How did Latin America and the Caribbean do?
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/04/education-for-all-2000-2015-how-did.html 

Education in the Information Society
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/05/education-in-information-society.html

Escuela Nueva: An innovation within formal education (Colombia)
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/11/escuela-nueva-innovation-within-formal.html

Farewells
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/06/despedidas-farewells.html


Finland Study Visit

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.fi/2015/10/visita-de-estudio-finlandia-finland-study-visit.html


Finland's education compared

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/07/finlands-education-compared-la.html


Formal, non-formal and informal learning

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2016/08/formal-non-formal-and-informal-learning_21.html


From literacy to lifelong learning: Trends, Issues and Challenges of Youth and Adult Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/05/from-literacy-to-lifelong-learning-de.html

From school community to learning community
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/03/from-school-community-to-learning.html

Goal 4: Education - Sustainable Development Goals
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/09/on-goal-4-education-sustainable.html
- SDG: Translation issues
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/09/sdg-translation-issues-ods-problemas-de.html

Girls' education: Lessons from BRAC (Bangladesh)
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2017/01/girls-education-lessons-from-brac.html


Giving up to a literate world?

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/11/giving-up-to-literate-world.html

GLEACE: Letter to UNESCO on the Literacy Decade (2003-2012)
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2012/01/letter-to-unesco-on-literacy-decade.html

Kazi, the Graceless
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/09/kazi-el-sin-gracia.html

Knowledge-based international aid: Do we want it? Do we need it?
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/10/knowldedge-based-international-aid-do.html

Latin America over-satisfied with public education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2014/06/latin-america-oversatisfied-with-public.html

Latin America: Six decades of education goals http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2016/09/latin-america-six-decades-of-education-goals.html

Lifelong Learning: moving beyond Education for All
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/02/lifelong-learning-moving-beyond.html

Lifelong Learning for the North, Primary Education for the South?
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/11/lifelong-learning-for-north-primary.html

Lifelong Learning in the South: Critical Issues and Opportunities for Adult Education, Sida Studies 11, Stockholm, 2004
http://www.sida.se/English/publications/Publication_database/publications-by-year1/2004/november/lifelong-learning-in-the-south-critical-issues-and-opportunities-for-adult-education/ 
http://www.sida.se/contentassets/d60c67d64bf947b1b147419f7751a466/lifelong-learning-in-the-south-critical-issues-and-opportunities-for-adult-education_1614.pdf

Literacy and Lifelong Learning: The linkages
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2012/01/literacy-and-lifelong-learning-linkages.html

Literacy for All: A renewed vision
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/02/literacy-for-all-renewed-vision.html

Literacy for All: A United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012): Base Document for the Literacy Decade (2000)
http://www.slideshare.net/RosaMariaTorres2015/base-document-united-nations-literacy-decade-20032012


Military spending in education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/03/military-spending-and-education-gasto.html

Now comes PISA for 'developing countries'
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2014/05/now-comes-pisa-for-developing-countries.html

On education in Finland
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/06/on-education-in-finland-sobre-la.html
 
On innovation and change in education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/03/on-innovation-and-change-in-education.html

On Learning Anytime, Anywhere (WISE 2011)
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/11/on-learning-anytime-anywhere.html

One child, one teacher, one book and one pen
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/10/one-child-one-teacher-one-book-and-one-pen-one.html

One Decade of 'Education for All': The Challenge Ahead (IIEP-UNESCO Buenos Aires, 2000, PDF)
http://www.iipe-buenosaires.org.ar/publicaciones/one-decade-education-all-challenge-ahead
http://www.buenosaires.iipe.unesco.org/sites/default/files/education.pdf 

Open letter to school children
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/08/open-letter-to-school-children.html 

OTRA∃DUCACION: Lo más visitado ▸ Most visited
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/12/otraducacion-lo-mas-visitado-most.html

Public gym stations in Beijing and Quito
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/10/chinas-public-gym-stations-in-beijing-and-quito.html


Reaching the Unreached: Non-Formal Approaches and Universal Primary Education

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/06/reaching-unreached-non-formal.html

"Rethinking education" and adult education

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2016/08/rethinking-education-and-adult-education.html


Six 'Education for All' Goals

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/01/six-education-for-all-goals-seis-metas.html

South Africa 1993: A moment with Mandela
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/12/south-africa-1993-moment-with-mandela.html

Stop PISA!
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2014/05/stop-pisa-paren-pisa.html

The 4 As as criteria to identify 'good practices' in education
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/10/4-as-as-criteria-to-identify-good.html 

The green, the blue, the red and the pink schools
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/10/green-blue-red-and-pink-schools.html

There is no "education for the 21st century"
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2010/10/there-is-no-education-for-21st-century.html

The million Paulo Freires
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2011/02/million-paulo-freires.html

The oldest and the youngest

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/07/the-oldest-and-youngest-los-mas-viejos.html


The virtuous C (Keys for a renewed learning culture)

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/01/la-virtuosa-c-virtuous-c.html

The World Economic Forum and education quality

http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-world-economic-forum-and.html

Transforming formal education from a lifelong learning perspective
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/10/transforming-formal-education-from.html

We are Latin America
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2012/05/somos-america-latina-we-are-latin.html

What did the MDGs achieve?  
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/10/what-did-millennium-development-goals-achieve.html


What Happened at the World Education Forum in Dakar (2000)?
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2015/05/what-happened-at-world-education-forum.html

What is 'basic education'?
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2014/09/what-happened-to-expanded-vision-of.html

What is youth and adult education - today? http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2017/01/what-is-youth-and-adult-education-today.html

WISE Prize for Education Laureates: Bottom-up Innovators
http://otra-educacion.blogspot.com/2013/11/wise-prize-for-education-laureates.html



1990-2030: Global education goals | Metas globales para la educación

1990-2015 

In 1990 Education for All (EFA) was launched in Jomtien-Thailand at the World Conference on Education for All.
In 2000, at the World Education Forum (Dakar-Senegal, 2000), the EFA evaluation was presented. The six EFA goals were not met. The deadline was postponed until 2015.
In 2015 EFA came to an end; several goals were not met.


En 1990 se lanzó la Educación para Todos (EPT) en Jomtien-Tailandoa durante la Conferencia Mundial sobre Educación para Todos.
En el año 2000, en el Foro Mundial de Educación (Dakar-Senegal), se presentó la evaluación de la EPT. Las seis metas no se cumplieron. Se pospuso el plazo hasta el año 2015.
En 2015 se cerró la EPT. Varias metas no se cumplieron.

2000-2015 

In 2000 the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were launched. The deadline for achieving the 8 goals was 2015. Several goals were not met.

En el año 2000 se lanzaron los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio (ODM). El plazo para cumplir los 8 objetivos fue el año 2015. Varias metas no se cumplieron.

2015-2030 

In 2015 A new Development Agenda was adopted. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), much broader and more ambitious than the MDGs and than EFA, will run until 2030.

En 2015 se adoptó una nueva agenda mundial de desarrollo. El plazo para cumplir con los 17 Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS), más amplios y ambiciosos que la EFA y los ODM, es el año 2030.



Education For All
(EFA)
6 goals
Final Report 2015
Millennium Development Goals
(MDG)
8 goals
Final Report 2015


Sustainable Development Goals
(SDG)
17 goals

1990-2000-2015
2000-2015
2015-2030


Meet basic learning needs of children, youth and adults

Achieve universal primary education

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Early childhood care and education
Goal 1
Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children


All girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education
Primary education
Goal 2
Ensuring that by 2015 all children, particularly girls, children in difficult circumstances and those belonging to ethnic minorities, have access to, and complete, free and compulsory primary education of good quality

Goal 2
Achieve universal primary education
All girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education
Secondary education
Skills for youth and adults
Goal 3
Ensuring that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life-skills programmes


Substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
Literacy
Goal 4
Achieving a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults


All youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy
Gender equality
Goal 5
Eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005, and achieving gender equality in education by 2015, with a focus on ensuring girls’ full and equal access to and achievement in basic education of good quality

Goal 3
Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Equal girls' enrolment in
primary school

Eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
Improving quality
Goal 6
Improving all aspects of the quality of education and ensuring excellence of all so that recognized and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all, especially in literacy, numeracy and essential life skills



Technical, vocational and tertiary education


Equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university

Knowledge and skills for sustainable development


All learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development

Education facilities


Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all

Scholarships


Substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries

Qualified teachers


Substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing states

SDG: Translation issues | ODS: Problemas de traducción


Rosa María Torres

Translation problems are frequent in international documents and very frequent in the field of education. In my professional career as a pedagogue and a linguist, I have dedicated numerous reflections and footnotes to this issue. Here is an old article, in Spanish: Ojo con traducciones y traductores.

I describe below some translation issues (English-Spanish) found in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2015-2030.  They refer specifically to Goal 4 - quality education - and its 10 targets. I have commented on this goal in another post.
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Es frecuente encontrar problemas de traducción en documentos internacionales; es muy frecuente encontrarlos en documentos sobre educación. A lo largo de mi carrera profesional como pedagoga y lingüista he dedicado muchas reflexiones y notas de pie de página al tema de la traducción. Aquí un viejo artículo, que no pierde vigencia: Ojo con traducciones y traductores.

Abajo describo algunos problemas de traducción encontrados en los flamantes Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) 2015-2030. Se refieren específicamente al Objetivo 4 - educación de calidad - y sus 10 metas. En otro post he comentado sobre este Objetivo 4.
Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals. - See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

Main findings

  • Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals.
  • In 2012, 121m children and adolescents were still out of school, down from 204m in 1999.
  • Half of countries have now achieved Universal Primary Enrolment and 10% more are close.
  • Poorest children are five times more likely not to complete primary school than richest.
- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf


  Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2015-2030
Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) 2015-2030

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

Objetivo 4: Garantizar una educación inclusiva, equitativa y de calidad y promover oportunidades de aprendizaje durante toda la vida para todos.


» The Spanish text adds equitativa (equitable), not present in the English version. It refers to "promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all" where the English text refers to "promote lifelong learning". Lifelong Learning is a term already coined in the education field; the Spanish translation does not seem to be aware of this. 

» El texto en castellano agrega equitativa, que no está en el texto en inglés. Habla de "promover oportunidades de aprendizaje durante toda la vida para todos" donde el texto en inglés habla de "promote lifelong learning". Lifelong Learning (aprendizaje a lo largo de la vida) ya es un término acuñado en el mundo de la educación. En definitiva, este objetivo 4 debería decir: "Garantizar una educación inclusiva y de calidad, y promover el aprendizaje a lo largo de la vida".
Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals. - See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

Main findings

  • Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals.
  • In 2012, 121m children and adolescents were still out of school, down from 204m in 1999.
  • Half of countries have now achieved Universal Primary Enrolment and 10% more are close.
  • Poorest children are five times more likely not to complete primary school than richest.
- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

» By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.

» Para 2030, velar por que todas las niñas y todos los niños terminen los ciclos de enseñanza primaria y secundaria, que ha de ser gratuita, equitativa y de calidad y producir resultados escolares pertinentes y eficaces.


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The Spanish text is unnecessarily long and redundant. "Todas las niñas y todos los niños" (all the girls and all the boys) can be reduced to "Todos los niños y niñas". Relevant is translated as pertinent; they are not the same. Ensure, translated as velar, should read asegurar. Education is translated as teaching rather than as education. It is unnecessary to add cycle; "primary and secondary education" is enough.

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El texto en castellano es innecesariamente largo y redundante. "Todas las niñas y todos los niños" puede reducirse a "Todos los niños y niñas". Se traduce relevant como pertinente; no son lo mismo. Ensure, traducido como velar, debe decir asegurar. Education se traduce como enseñanza; debe traducirse como educación: educación primaria, educación secundaria. No es necesario poner ciclos; basta con "educación primaria y secundaria".
Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals. - See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

Main findings

  • Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals.
  • In 2012, 121m children and adolescents were still out of school, down from 204m in 1999.
  • Half of countries have now achieved Universal Primary Enrolment and 10% more are close.
  • Poorest children are five times more likely not to complete primary school than richest.
- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

» By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education.

» Para 2030, velar por que todas las niñas y todos los niños tengan acceso a servicios de atención y desarrollo en la primera infancia y a una enseñanza preescolar de calidad, a fin de que estén preparados para la enseñanza primaria.



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The Spanish version uses long and redundant forms ("todas las niñas y todos los niños"). It translates education as teaching (enseñanza). Early childhood development should read desarrollo infantil, not "desarrollo en la primera infancia". "Enseñanza preescolar" is educación preescolar; "enseñanza primaria" is educación primaria.

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El texto en castellano usa formas largas y redundantes ("todas las niñas y todos los niños"); traduce education como enseñanza en vez de educación. Early childhood development debe traducirse como desarrollo infantil, no como "desarrollo en la primera infancia". "Enseñanza preescolar" es educación preescolar; "enseñanza primaria" es educación primaria.
Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals. - See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

Main findings

  • Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals.
  • In 2012, 121m children and adolescents were still out of school, down from 204m in 1999.
  • Half of countries have now achieved Universal Primary Enrolment and 10% more are close.
  • Poorest children are five times more likely not to complete primary school than richest.
- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

» By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.

» Para 2030, asegurar el acceso en condiciones de igualdad para todos los hombres y las mujeres a una formación técnica, profesional y superior de calidad, incluida la enseñanza universitaria.


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The Spanish text chooses "asegurar el acceso en condiciones de igualdad" rather than the short option "asegurar acceso igualitario." 
» El texto en castellano habla de "asegurar el acceso en condiciones de igualdad" en vez recurrir a la vía corta "asegurar acceso igualitario".  
Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals. - See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

Main findings

  • Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals.
  • In 2012, 121m children and adolescents were still out of school, down from 204m in 1999.
  • Half of countries have now achieved Universal Primary Enrolment and 10% more are close.
  • Poorest children are five times more likely not to complete primary school than richest.
- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

» By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.

» Para 2030, aumentar sustancialmente el número de jóvenes y adultos que tienen las competencias necesarias, en particular técnicas y profesionales, para acceder al empleo, el trabajo decente y el emprendimiento.

 

» The Spanish text translates relevant as necesarias (relevantes) and vocational as profesionales (vocacionales).
» El texto en castellano traduce relevant como necesarias (en vez de relevantes) y vocational como profesionales (en vez de vocacionales).
Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals. - See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

Main findings

  • Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals.
  • In 2012, 121m children and adolescents were still out of school, down from 204m in 1999.
  • Half of countries have now achieved Universal Primary Enrolment and 10% more are close.
  • Poorest children are five times more likely not to complete primary school than richest.
- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

» By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.

» Para 2030, eliminar las disparidades de género en la educación y garantizar el acceso en condiciones de igualdad de las personas vulnerables, incluidas las personas con discapacidad, los pueblos indígenas y los niños en situaciones de vulnerabilidad, a todos los niveles de la enseñanza y la formación profesional.

» All levels of education is translated as all levels of teaching ("todos los niveles de enseñanza"). Vocational training is translated as professional training ("formación profesional"). "Garantizar el acceso en condiciones de igualdad" may be reduced to "garantizar el acceso igualitario."
» All levels of education se traduce como "todos los niveles de enseñanza". Vocational training se traduce como "formación profesional". "Garantizar el acceso en condiciones de igualdad" puede acortarse como "garantizar el acceso igualitario".
Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals. - See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

Main findings

  • Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals.
  • In 2012, 121m children and adolescents were still out of school, down from 204m in 1999.
  • Half of countries have now achieved Universal Primary Enrolment and 10% more are close.
  • Poorest children are five times more likely not to complete primary school than richest.
- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

» By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.

» Para 2030, garantizar que todos los jóvenes y al menos una proporción sustancial de los adultos, tanto hombres como mujeres, tengan competencias de lectura, escritura y aritmética.


» The text in Spanish translates literacy and numeracy as "competencias de lectura, escritura y aritmética" (reading, writing and arithmetic competencies). This selection of terms complicates farther an already complicated field, with many conceptualization and translation problems, introducing potential discussions around competencies and arithmetic. Surprisingly, the text adds al menos (at least), not present in the text in English, thus making the "substantial proportion" more confusing and even vaguer.

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El texto en castellano traduce literacy and numeracy como "competencias de lectura, escritura y aritmética". Esta elección de términos complica un campo ya de por sí complicado, con muchos problemas de conceptualización y traducción, introduciendo potenciales debates en torno a competencias y aritmética. Sorprendentemente, el texto agrega al menos, que no está en el texto en inglés, haciendo aún más confusa y vaga la referencia a "proporción sustancial".
Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals. - See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

Main findings

  • Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals.
  • In 2012, 121m children and adolescents were still out of school, down from 204m in 1999.
  • Half of countries have now achieved Universal Primary Enrolment and 10% more are close.
  • Poorest children are five times more likely not to complete primary school than richest.
- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf


» By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

» Para 2030, garantizar que todos los alumnos adquieran los conocimientos teóricos y prácticos necesarios para promover el desarrollo sostenible, entre otras cosas mediante la educación para el desarrollo sostenible y la adopción de estilos de vida sostenibles, los derechos humanos, la igualdad entre los géneros, la promoción de una cultura de paz y no violencia, la ciudadanía mundial y la valoración de la diversidad cultural y de la contribución de la cultura al desarrollo sostenible, entre otros medios.


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The Spanish text refers to all students, not to all learners, and to theoretical and practical knowledge, not to knowledge and skills.

» El texto en castellano se refiere a todos los alumnos, no a all learners, y a conocimientos teóricos y prácticos, no a knowledge and skills.

Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals. - See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

Main findings

  • Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals.
  • In 2012, 121m children and adolescents were still out of school, down from 204m in 1999.
  • Half of countries have now achieved Universal Primary Enrolment and 10% more are close.
  • Poorest children are five times more likely not to complete primary school than richest.
- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

 » Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.

» Construir y adecuar instalaciones escolares que respondan a las necesidades de los niños y las personas discapacitadas y tengan en cuenta las cuestiones de género, y que ofrezcan entornos de aprendizaje seguros, no violentos, inclusivos y eficaces para todos.

» Education facilities is translated as school facilities ("instalaciones escolares"). Not all education facilities are school facilities.

» Education facilities se traduce como "instalaciones escolares" (en verdad, no toda instalación pensada con fines educatuvos es una instalación escolar).

Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals. - See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

Main findings

  • Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals.
  • In 2012, 121m children and adolescents were still out of school, down from 204m in 1999.
  • Half of countries have now achieved Universal Primary Enrolment and 10% more are close.
  • Poorest children are five times more likely not to complete primary school than richest.
- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf


» By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries.

» Para 2020, aumentar sustancialmente a nivel mundial el número de becas disponibles para los países en desarrollo, en particular los países menos adelantados, los pequeños Estados insulares en desarrollo y los países de África, para que sus estudiantes puedan matricularse en programas de estudios superiores, incluidos programas de formación profesional y programas técnicos, científicos, de ingeniería y de tecnología de la información y las comunicaciones, en países desarrollados y otros países en desarrollo.


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The whole paragraph is translated in a very loose way and with many more words than necessary. Least developed countries is translated as "países menos adelantados", when all other references to developed/developing are translated as "desarrollados/en desarrollo".
» Todo el párrafo se traduce de manera muy laxa y con muchas más palabras que las necesarias. Least developed countries ("los países menos desarrollados") se traduce como "los países menos adelantados", cuando todas las demás referencias se traducen como "desarrollados/en desarrollo".
Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals. - See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf

Main findings

  • Just one-third of countries have achieved all the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals.
  • In 2012, 121m children and adolescents were still out of school, down from 204m in 1999.
  • Half of countries have now achieved Universal Primary Enrolment and 10% more are close.
  • Poorest children are five times more likely not to complete primary school than richest.
- See more at: http://en.unesco.org/gem-report/report/2015/education-all-2000-2015-achievements-and-challenges#sthash.yYyYBh6R.PLvDOXjA.dpuf


» By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing states.

» Para 2030, aumentar sustancialmente la oferta de maestros calificados, entre otras cosas mediante la cooperación internacional para la formación de docentes en los países en desarrollo, especialmente los países menos adelantados y los pequeños Estados insulares en desarrollo.


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Maestros is often associated to primary school and profesores to secondary and tertiary education in many countries. Educadores or docentes may be more general terms.
» Maestros se asocia en muchos países a educadores de primaria. Profesores, en cambio, se relaciona a quienes enseñan en la educación secundaria o universitaria. Educadores o docentes son términos más generalizables. 
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