A vision of education that aspires to foster well-being for all, sustainably, brings a mighty challenge to understand what this means to diverse communities around the world. For instance, do New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NDPL) make sense for countries where basic needs are not being met? Countless agencies, governments, and organizations have been dedicated to meeting even the most foundational schooling needs for children, and yet, as the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Culture Organization (UNESCO) reported in 2015, key global Education for All (EFA) goals that governments agreed to at the World Education Forum in Dakar in 2000 have not been attained, though some important headway has been made:

There has been tremendous progress across the world since 2000-but we are not there yet. Despite all efforts by governments, civil society and the international community, the world has not achieved Education for All.