SDG 4: Quality education

What is the purpose of SDG 4?

SDG 4 ensures that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030.

Reasons to work with SDG 4:

Achieving quality education is believed to be one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development.

In Western Asia and North Africa, the ongoing armed conflict has jolted an increase in the number of children out of school. While Sub-Saharan Africa made the greatest progress in primary school enrolment among all developing regions, large disparities still remain.

Children from the poorest households are up to four times more likely to be out of school than those of the richest households.

How is 2030 Builders addressing SDG 4?

We believe that SDG 4 is one of the most important goals which build the basics for the other SDGs. For instance, if you want to work in the industry and infrastructure, you need an education. Poverty is also reduced if the number of people is educated. So, education is probably the most crucial stage which needs to be considered.

So basically, SDG 4 aims to ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education. It can be achieved if the supply of qualified teachers is increased. In addition, providing an international cooperation for teacher training and pedagogy in developing countries is important. Building a strong educational system is crucial for both teachers and students.

It is important to provide access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so they are ready for the next step in their education. 

At 2030, the aim is to have equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality education. This would include technical, vocational and university education.

A way of motivating people to continue their higher education is substantially expanding the number of scholarships available to developing countries, ensuring that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development. It would include education in sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development. As a result of that, each new generation will be taught about the importance of each goal and maintain the harmony in each of them. Consequently, it will ensure maintenance of global sustainability. 

Ensuring a higher level of education across all countries and communities in the world.

What companies do:

Fluor – vocational training in South Africa:  The international construction firm Flour runs a vocational training school for unemployed and disadvantaged people in South Africa. Since it first launched 35 years ago, more than 30,000 people have been trained in marketable trade skills and have secured employment as, welders, electricians, pipefitters, and other building trades. The training program provides Fluor with access to a pool of diverse and talented workforce.

(Source: SDG industry matrix – Transportation)

DuPont – funding to address global: Each year DuPont awards unrestricted funding to a promising new university faculty. The goal of this program is to help promising young and untenured research faculty students begin their research careers, while also establishing mutually beneficial relationships, including future research partnerships, student hiring, and other opportunities. Since 1968, this program has provided over US$50 million in grants to more than 700 young professors in 140 institutions across 19 countries.

(Source: SDG industry matrix – Energy, Natural resources & Chemicals)

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