Education is a fundamental human right and is key for the achievement of sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip communities with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems – if we achieve quality education for all, we can achieve the other SDGs.
Achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for all will require increasing efforts, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia and for vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities, indigenous people, refugee children and poor children in rural areas.
Over 265 million children are currently out of school. In many cases, even the children who do attend school lack basic reading and math literacy. While enrollment rates and basic literacy skills have improved – especially for women and girls – in the past decade, we need to make bolder efforts to reach universal education goals.
The lack of quality education is multifaceted. A lack of adequately trained teachers, poor school conditions and equity issues are all factors that need to be addressed. We need increased investment in scholarships, teacher training workshops, school building and improvement of water and electricity access to schools in order to achieve SDG 4.