Commonwealth Curriculum Framework for the SDGs

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development marks a paradigm shift in the global framework for development and presents a unique opportunity to reorient efforts towards a new path for development with sustainability at its core. Education is central to this and to the achievement of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Education directly relates to one goal (SDG 4) but cuts across the entire SDG agenda.

Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals seeks to ensure “inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. Within the framework, a life course approach is followed, reinforcing the need for lifelong learning and for all citizens to participate in achieving the SDGs.

It is envisioned that the Commonwealth Curriculum Framework for the SDGs will help countries to develop successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens who are resilient and uphold the core values and principles of the Commonwealth, as declared in the Commonwealth Charter, and who strive for sustainable development. The framework aims to ensure that citizens develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to flourish in life, learning and work environments, and to appreciate their place in a diverse world, while building and strengthening pathways to peace and tolerance.The Curriculum Framework for the SDGs allows for a high degree of flexibility through the
non-prescriptive nature of its content. It is hoped that this framework will serve as a guide for
countries to conceptualise, review or further develop their national curricula and ensure that
education is integral to any strategy to create a resilient generation that will advocate for action
and the attainment of the SDGs in a holistic, integrated manner. It will provide conceptual
support for teacher training, adult learning and community development. It also reaffirms the
centrality of education to the multiple dimensions of sustainable development.

For further information, please contact Dr Amina Osman, a.osman(at)


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