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UN Global Goal 4: Quality Education

Solutions Journalism Network

The UN's fourth Goal—achieving quality education—seeks inclusive education for all youths, adults, and vulnerable populations, regardless of gender and ability, have access to instruction or vocational training by 2030. This includes free and equitable primary and secondary education for children, and affordable technical, vocational, and tertiary education for adults.

According the UN, despite progress, “more than half of children and adolescents are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics.”  Regardless of gender, the proportion of children achieving at least a minimum proficiency in reading and math must increase.  This will require further investments not only in institutions and facilities, but also in teachers.  Since 2015, the proportion of trained primary school teachers has kept steady at a global average of 85 percent—in sub-Saharan Africa the percentage is lower, at only 64 percent.

Education is in many ways a cornerstone for the Sustainable Development Goals.  The knowledge and skills afforded by a quality education are the starting point for building a better future, ensuring gender equality, promoting mutual understanding, and practicing sustainable, peaceful lifestyles.

In the stories below, we learn about a few of the many solutions improving the quality of education globally by empowering people and eliminating barriers. In the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya, Somali girls are proving their resilience by continuing their education in the face of displacement and cultural pressure to leave it behind. Explore further to learn about how we can leverage technology to increase access to education, as in Yemen, where the world’s first text message college course is delivering education to students displaced by war. You’ll also learn that in our technological age, youth in Finland are learning to discern “fake news” and disinformation on the web.

Click here for more stories in the Solutions Story Tracker on quality education.

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