SDGs Goal 4: Quality Education

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

Education has improved vastly over the last few years and more and more children are being provided with the opportunity to go to school and receive an education. However, 57 million children still remain out of education and 50% of primary school aged children out of education live in conflict areas. Not only that but 103 million youth today lack basic literacy skills and 60% of this figure are girls. Education is the springboard to providing opportunities for all, maintaining sustainable development and empowering humans to take control of their lives and to work towards a brighter future for their communities, governments and countries.

Whilst great progress has been made, particularly for children in primary education, many countries still put emphasis on boys education over girls education. Working conditions and facilities are often still substandard for girls in comparison to boys. Many girls are also still out of education due to the threat of physical and sexual violence at schools, from both teachers and peers alike. Likewise the walk to school itself for many girls can also be full of threat/fear and violence which also impacts female attendance.

Goal 4 seeks to provide all children alike with education across the board so as to build opportunities and prospects and to empower children with the necessary tools to improve their lives and futures.

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Targets:

  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education
  • By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
  • By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • By 2030, 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
  • By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy
  • By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
  • Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
  • By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries
  • By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States

(Info from Sustainable Development UN Org)

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