A million votes for education in the post-2015 agenda

Feb 12, 2014

Children between the ages of 12-18 in EFOTEC School learning about the MY World Survey Mark Darrough/Girl Hub Rwanda

New York -- The United Nations Millennium Campaign, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and their partners announced today that more than one million people have voted in the global MY World survey for education as a priority that would make the most difference to their lives.

The MY World survey asks people to choose six out of 16 possible issues that could improve their lives, identifying priorities for global policy-making at the United Nations.

Almost 1.5 million people have responded to the survey so far, and two out of three people identified education among their top priorities,  making it the most popular issue that people want the international community to focus on.

“The call for better education is coming from every corner of the world, there is a truly universal belief that education is the solution to many problems,” said Corinne Woods, Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign. “People know that better educated population is healthier, more prosperous and more harmonious.”

Roughly half of all MY World votes came via the MY World online platform available in 16 languages and from polling by mobile phones. The other half came from interviews conducted by polling teams, which hiked to remote villages in Bangladesh, Peru, Rwanda and other countries to survey communities without access to cell phones or the Internet.  

Peoples’ demand for education is closely followed by their call for better health services, honest and responsive governments and better job opportunities, all key catalysts for improving their lives.

The MY World survey was launched in summer 2012 as part of the United Nations-driven “Global Conversation” about the priorities for the Post-2015 global development agenda that will follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after their target date in 2015.

“The provision of education as well as improving health services, creating jobs and providing access to food, water and energy are emerging as central elements that people want to top the post-2015 development agenda,” added Corinne Woods. “We’re seeing that people across continents are expecting governments to be able to deliver these services.”

In addition to the MY World survey, the United Nations teams organized public discussions about priorities for the future global development agenda in 88 countries, and held 11 thematic consultations with civil society and experts on the most critical development issues, including education, inequality, health, economic growth and employment.

You can follow the discussions on Twitter under #Post2015

Contact information

Antje Watermann: antje.watermann@undp.org, +1 646 781 4091

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