Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.  First, the bad news on education.  Poverty, armed-conflict, and other emergencies keep many, many kids around the world out of school.  In fact, in developing regions, kids from the poorest households are four times more likely to be out of school than those of the richest households.  Now for some good news.  Since 2000, there has been enormous progress on the goal to provide primary education for all children worldwide.  The primary school enrollment rate in developing regions reached 91%.  By measures in any school, that’s a good grade.  Now, let’s get an even better grade for all kids and achieve the goal of universal primary and secondary education, affordable vocational training, access to higher education and more.

GOAL 4 in Numbers

  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes
  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary 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, nonviolent, 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

Goal 4 Indicators (Preliminary data from PSA)

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A look at the Sustainable Development Goals

GOAL 4 in Action

List of Key Government Programs, Activities, or Projects (PAPs) Contributing to Goal 4

Full implementation of K to 12 Program

Alternative Learning System

Alternative Delivery Modes (ADMs)

Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education

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