SDG 4. Quality Education

Understand SDG 4

  • SDG 4 is to ensure all genders, including people with disability and indigenous peoples, complete primary and secondary education and have access to affordable and quality preprimary, vocational, and tertiary education. 
  • The SDG 4 also aims to ensure that all learners acquire knowledge and skills essential to lead a sustainable lifestyle.

  • More than 600 million youth lack basic math and literacy skills
  • Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, projections showed that, by 2030, more than 200 million children would be out of school 
  • COVID-19 has impacted 91% of students worldwide. By April 2020, about 1.6 billion children were out of school.


Data retrieved from UN SDG 4

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