Sustainable Development Goal #4 – Education

By | 14th November 2017

The Sustainable Development Goal #4 tackles the need for (quality) education at all levels – from school children to adulthood. It emphases full inclusion, with regards to gender but also age, disabilities, income or any other ground that can lead to discrimination:

“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”

For full details of the education goal #4 as well as progresses, check the dedicated website from the UN.

We just want to provide here high level details and have highlighted key points of the targets, aimed to be achieved by 2030. We will use these high level highlights throughout our future editions.

By 2030, the aim is:
– all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
– all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education
– equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
– number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
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
– all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy
– all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles
– build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
– expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries (…) for enrolment in higher education (by 2020)
– increase the supply of qualified teachers



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