GOAL 4: Quality Education
While there's been significant progress in leveling the educational playing field amongst girls and boys in many regions, there is a long way to go before quality education is offered to all on a global scale.
Global Quality Education
A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT
“Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrollment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals.”
– United Nations
The following facts can be found on the official website of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
57 Million Children
Enrollment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91 per cent, but 57 million children remain out of school.
1/2 of children
More than half of children that have not enrolled in school live in Sub-Saharan Africa.
An estimated 50 per cent of out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas.
617 Million Youth
617 million youth worldwide lack basic mathematics and literacy skills.
LET'S LEARN TOGETHER.
This Sustainable Development Goal strives to ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education relevant to effective learning outcomes. It looks to ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary educations, including universities.
Stop Wishing. Start Doing.
Here's How To Help
01. Get in on giving!
Donate books and other school supplies to organizations that provide school supplies to students in need.
02. Sponsor a Child
Sponsor a child in a developing country to go to school! There are plenty of reputable organizations that, for a few dollars a month, can provide a child the means of quality education they otherwise would not be able to have.
03. Community Involvement
Check with your local school system to see how you can get involved in supporting what they do for the community children. Maybe they need volunteers for an event, or a host for a school drive. See how what you do impacts your community!
04. Pass It On
If you’ve been blessed with higher education, take opportunities to pass those skills on. Become involved in a child’s education. See if there is someone in need of tutoring or help with their homework. You can easily become an inspiration for further education in someone else’s life!
05. Make Learning Fun
Create fun opportunities for you and your family to learn. Switch a portion of your family’s TV time to educational shows, or opt to go to the aquarium or zoo instead of an amusement park. Find ways to make learning engaging!
06. Share New Skills
Don’t forget to pass on important skills not necessarily taught in school, such as agriculture, home economics, and technical skills. Seek to expose yourself and those around you to as much knowledge as possible, especially children. Encourage them to seek out new skills on their own and impress upon them the importance of these roles on the economy.
07. Support your local library
Libraries are a wellspring of knowledge and public service! In addition to books, they often provide free educational seminars or community events. See what resources are available within your own neighborhood!
08. Drive Awareness
Help people to understand the importance of education, and the devastating effects a lack of education can have on an individual’s future. Ask your friends and family for ideas on how to help save a child's future!
BE A RIPPLE
JOIN THE MOVEMENT.
There are many ways to get involved to support quality education globally. By committing to do your part, you take the first step in making a world of difference.
We're in this together.
Photography Credits by Order on Page:
Education for All- A Fundamental Right – UN Photo by Milton Grant
Primary School is West Darfur Camp in Need of Repair – UN Photo by Albert Gonzalez Farran