Goal 4: Quality Education

  • Goal 1: End Poverty
  • Goal 2: Zero hunger
  • Goal 3: Good Health And Well-Being
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Goal 13: Climat Action
  • Goal 14: Life Below Water
  • Goal 15: Life On Land
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice ans Strong Institutions
  • Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Ensure Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Promote Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All.

Since 2000, there has been enormous progress towards achieving the target of universal primary education. In 2015, the total enrolment rate across developing regions reached an unprecedented 91 percent, while the number of children out of school has almost halved globally. There has also been a dramatic increase in global literacy rates, as well as more girls enrolled in school than ever before. Each of these achievements are remarkable.

Despite this, progress has stagnated in certain regions due to extreme poverty, armed conflicts and other emergencies. In Western Asia and Northern Africa, ongoing and armed conflict has increased the number of children out of school. This is a worrying trend with many implications. 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 inequalities remain. Children from the poorest households are up to four times more likely to be out of school than their wealthier counterparts. Such disparities are most evidenced between children living in rural and urban areas.

Achieving inclusive and quality education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. As such, the fourth SDG aims to ensure all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030. The goal 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.

Facts and figures

91%Enrollment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91 percent.
57 millionStill, 57 million primary-aged children remain out of school, more than half of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
1 in 4In developing countries, one in four girls is not in school.
50%About half of all out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas.
103 million103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 percent of them are women.
6 of 106 out of 10 children and adolescents are not achieving a minimum level of proficiency in reading and math.

Source: UN

Explore Goal 4: Quality Education's projects

Cookie Management




Join now

You will need to join ConnectAID as a Member to see this content.

Respecting your privacy is our greatest priority. In order to improve our services, ConnectAID uses cookies to provide you with optimal navigation on the platform, measure our audience, and optimize our social networking features such as content sharing. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to the use of cookies as outlined in our Data Protection Policy.

Manage cookie preferences I agree