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Sustainable Development Goal 4 and its targets

Sustainable Development Goal 4 has 10 targets encompassing many different aspects of education. There are seven targets which are expected outcomes and three targets which are means of achieving these targets.

There are also education elements in the targets of several of the other 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Seven Outcome Targets

4.1 Universal primary and secondary education

 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable  and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes


4.2 Early childhood development and universal pre-primary education

 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality  early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education

4.3 Equal access to technical/vocational and higher education

 By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary  education, including university

4.4 Relevant skills for decent work

 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

4.5 Gender equality and inclusion

 By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations

4.6 Universal youth literacy

 By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of  adults, both men and women,  achieve literacy and numeracy


4.7 Education for sustainable development and global citizenship

 By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote  sustainable development, including, among others, through education for 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

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Three means of implementation

4.a Effective learning environments

 Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and
 provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all


4.b Scholarships

 By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing  countries, in particular  least developed countries, small island developing States and  African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and  information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programs, in developed countries and other developing countries


4.c Teachers and educators

By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through  international cooperation for teacher training in  developing countries, especially least  developed countries and small island developing States