SDG4 refers to Sustainable Development Goal 4, which is one of the 17 global goals established by the United Nations in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
SDG4 specifically focuses on education and aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
The key targets of SDG4 include:
- Ensure that all girls and boys have access to free, equitable, and quality primary and secondary education.
- Ensure equal access to affordable vocational training, technical education, and higher education for all.
- Eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for vulnerable groups.
- Ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.
- Ensure all youth and a substantial proportion of adults achieve literacy and numeracy.
- Promote inclusive education and provide adequate support to children with disabilities.
- Ensure that all schools provide safe, inclusive, and effective learning environments.
- Increase the supply of qualified teachers, particularly in developing countries.
- Increase investment in educational infrastructure and improve resource allocation for education.
SDG4 recognises that education is a fundamental human right and a critical factor in achieving sustainable development.
It emphasizes the importance of inclusive and quality education for all, regardless of gender, socioeconomic background, disability, or geographic location.
By addressing the various targets of Sustainable Development Goal 4, countries can work towards providing accessible and inclusive education systems that equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead fulfilling lives and contribute to society.