Quality Education - The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4

The UN explains: "Obtaining a quality education underpins a range of fundamental development drivers. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels, particularly for women and girls.

Basic literacy skills across the world have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to achieve universal education goals for all. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education."

The charts and visuals below provide data on the major developments in global education in relation to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets.

The UN has defined 10 Targets and 11 Indicators for SDG 4. Targets specify the goals and Indicators represent the metrics by which the world aims to track whether these Targets are achieved. Below we quote the original text of all Targets and show the data on the agreed Indicators.

How is the world doing on this goal?

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Target 4.1: Free primary and secondary education

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

Achieving proficiency in reading and mathematics - SDG Indicator 4.1.1

Definition: Indicator 4.1.1 is the "proportion of children and young people (a) in grades 2/3; (b) at the end of primary; and (c) at the end of lower secondary achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in (i) reading and (ii) mathematics, by sex."













In the SDG Tracker, this is shown as the share of students at each stage of education who reach at least the minimum reading and mathematics proficiency level.

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

Target 4.2: Equal access to quality pre-primary education

UN definition: "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."

Ensuring children are developmentally on track - SDG Indicator 4.2.1

Definition: Indicator 4.2.1 is the "proportion of children under 5 years of age who are developmentally on track in health, learning, and psychosocial well-being, by sex".



This is measured as the percentage of under-5s who are developmentally on-track in at least three of the following four domains: literacy-numeracy, physical, socio-emotional, and learning.

Goal: By 2030 "ensure that all girls and boys are ready for primary education".

Participation in pre-primary education - SDG Indicator 4.2.2

Definition: Indicator 4.2.2 is the "participation rate in organized learning (one year before the official primary entry age), by sex".





This is measured here as the net enrolment rate in pre-primary education, which is the number of children of the relevant age group enrolled in pre-primary as a percentage of the total population of that age group.

Goal: By 2030 "ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care, and pre-primary education".

Target 4.3: Equal access to affordable technical, vocational and higher education

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


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