Sustainable Development

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

Goal 4

Since 2000, there has been enormous progress in achieving the target of universal primary education. The total enrolment rate in developing regions reached 91 percent in 2015, and the worldwide number of children out of school has dropped by almost half. There has also been a dramatic increase in literacy rates, and many more girls are in school than ever before. These are all remarkable successes. Progress has also been tough in some developing regions due to high levels of poverty, armed conflicts and other emergencies. In Western Asia and North Africa, ongoing armed conflict has seen an increase in the number of children out of school. This is a worrying trend. While Sub-Saharan Africa made the greatest progress in primary school enrolment among all developing regions – from 52 percent in 1990, up to 78 percent in 2012 – large disparities still remain. Children from the poorest households are up to four times more likely to be out of school than those of the richest households. Disparities between rural and urban areas also remain high. Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. This goal ensures that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030. It also aims to provide equal access to affordable vocational training, to eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to a quality higher education.

Serial No Target Name
4.1 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes View
4.2 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 View
4.3 By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university View
4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurs View
4.5 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 p eoples and children in vulnerable situations View
4.6 D’ici à 2030, faire en sorte que tous les jeunes et une proportion considérable d’adultes, hommes et femmes, sachent lire, écrire et compter View
4.7 D’ici à 2030, faire en sorte que tous les élèves acquièrent les connaissances et compétences nécessaires pour promouvoir le développement durable, notamment par l’éducation en faveur du développement et de modes de vie durables, des droits de l’homme, de l’égalité des sexes, de la promotion d’une culture de paix et de non-violence, de la citoyenneté mondiale et de l’appréciation de la diversité culturelle et de la contribution de la culture au développement durable View
4.a Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non - violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all View
4.b By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholars hips 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 countrie View
4.c 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 View
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