The Role of Education in Enabling the Sustainable Development Agenda explores the relationship between education and other key sectors of development in the context of the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda. While it is widely understood that there is a positive relationship between education and other dimensions of development, and populations around the world show a clear desire for more and better education, education remains an under-financed and under-prioritised sector within development. When education does make it onto the agenda, investment is usually diverted towards increasing access to formal schooling, without focusing on the intrinsic value of education as a tool for development within the international development community more broadly.

The authors explore these tensions through a review of literature from a range of disciplines, providing a clearer picture of the relationship between education and other development sectors. The book challenges silo-thinking in the SDGs by exploring how achieving the SDG education targets can be expected to support or hinder progress towards other targets, and vice-versa. Drawing on examples from both low and high income countries, the book demonstrates how ‘good’ education functions as an ‘enabling right’, impacting positively on many other areas.

The book’s scope ranges across education and development studies, economics, geography, sociology and environmental studies, and will be of interest to any researchers and students with an interest in education and the SDGs.

chapter |26 pages


Education in, through, and for sustainable development

chapter 1|23 pages


Enabling physical, mental, and socioemotional wellbeing

chapter 2|26 pages


Ensuring environmental sustainability and equity

chapter 3|31 pages


Building inclusive, sustainable communities

chapter 4|24 pages


Establishing positive peace and stable societies

chapter 5|28 pages


Promoting equitable networks for sustainable development

chapter |25 pages


Looking within, across, and beyond the five Ps of sustainable development