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Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4

In 2015, all countries committed to achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Education International played a critical role in securing a stand-alone goal for education - Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4): Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Significantly, SDG4 recognised that quality education can only be delivered by qualified teachers.

However, at the current pace, governments will fail to achieve SDG 4. The COVID-19 pandemic poses additional challenges, and risks reversing years of progress on education. Urgent and decisive action is imperative.

Together with our member organisations around the world we are working to ensure that governments live up to their promise to achieve SDG 4 and all its targets by 2030.

  • We monitor progress and hold governments accountable.
  • We advocate for enhanced domestic financing for public education through fair and progressive taxation and international aid.
  • We oppose corporate interests that treat education as a market instead of a public good accessible to all.
  • We promote quality education that is free from violence, develops the “whole child”, builds tolerance, understanding, democracy, respect for human rights and active citizenship for sustainable development.
  • We promote the achievement of the “teacher target” (target 4.c), underlining every students’ right to be taught by a trained and qualified teacher.

Our work in this area

  1. News 2006-02-02

    Australia: Workplace Agreements erode union rights

    EI affiliate the NTEU has condemned legislation identified at the 5th Conference on Higher Education and Research in December 2005, and already being implemented to undercut union rights within the higher education sector.

    Australia: Workplace Agreements erode union rights
  2. News 2006-02-02

    UK: Union achieves pay parity victory for college lecturers in Wales

    A landmark agreement that will give Welsh college lecturers pay parity with schoolteachers has just been concluded, seeing £11.5m ploughed into staff pay on top of the £20m invested over 2003 and 2004.

    UK: Union achieves pay parity victory for college lecturers in Wales
  3. News 2006-01-25

    1-year Master Programme at the Global Labour University now open for application

    As a Global Union, EI is committed to support the Global Labour University. The Global Labour University is created by the Global Union Research Network (GURN), comprising the ILO's Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV), the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD...

    1-year Master Programme at the Global Labour University now open for application
  4. News 2006-01-19

    UK: Union's fury at vice-chancellors' excessive pay increases

    EI affiliate the Association of University Teachers (AUT) has expressed its amazement at the salary increases of the vice-chancellors and principals on the board of the Universities and Colleges Employers' Association (UCEA).

    UK: Union's fury at vice-chancellors' excessive pay increases
  5. News 2006-01-12

    Botswana reintroduces school fees

    Botswana has announced the reintroduction of fees in its state secondary schools after more than 20 years of free education.

    Botswana reintroduces school fees
  6. News 2006-01-10

    South Africa: Poor parents miss out on fees waiver

    No state school opening its doors over the next two weeks is likely to waive fees, despite Education Minister Naledi Pandor’s promise to that effect, EI affiliate SADTU said.

    South Africa: Poor parents miss out on fees waiver
  7. News 2005-12-15

    New Zealand: Kindergarten teacher strike a resounding success!

    Kindergarten teachers in New Zealand went on strike on 8 Dec in unprecedented numbers to protect the quality of education they provide to 45,000 children and families throughout the country.

    New Zealand: Kindergarten teacher strike a resounding success!
  8. News 2005-12-12

    EI International Conference on Higher Education and Research: "Education is not for sale!"

    The 5th International Conference on Higher Education and Research ended on 9 December with the adoption of a General Report and a Statement to the delegations of the 6th WTO Ministerial meeting concerning GATS and education, which will be held in Hong Kong this week.

    EI International Conference on Higher Education and Research: "Education is not for sale!"
  9. News 2005-12-01

    World AIDS Day 2005

    On World AIDS Day, EI is encouraging its affiliates to organise nationwide activities on the theme "Education for Life" and to impel entire communities to take part in World AIDS Day celebrations and initiatives.

    World AIDS Day 2005
  10. 2005-11-28

    The struggle for a future: the case of Italian universities

    The Bologna Process is an inter-ministerial initiative, gathering together 45 countries in the European region, which aims at establishing a European Higher Education Area by 2010. One would assume that with such an initiative in place, professionals in the Higher Education and Research sector in the European region enjoy a...

    The struggle for a future: the case of Italian universities
  11. News 2005-11-15

    USA: Affiliate Seek Records on Exclusions of Foreign Scholars

    The national groups accuse the federal agencies of illegally withholding information on the government’s practice of excluding prominent foreign intellectuals based on their political views.

    USA: Affiliate Seek Records on Exclusions of Foreign Scholars
  12. 2005-11-09

    Putting the Bologna Process into practice

    As in the classroom, there are good and weak students among the countries involved in the Bologna Process. Whilst Higher Education unions in Poland and Portugal are well informed on the process of convergence between universities, their governments are rather slow on the uptake. "I would say that Poland is...

    Putting the Bologna Process into practice
  13. 2005-10-03

    Kenya: challenges after EFA

    Kenya is the first Education-For-All (EFA) country in Africa to make primary education free. This happened when the National Rainbow Coalition came to power at the end of 2002.

    Kenya: challenges after EFA
  14. 2005-07-04

    New Zealand: The Case for Early Childhood Teachers

    A thousand teachers working in more than 170 early childhood education centres throughout New Zealand took a step towards obtaining pay parity with primary and secondary teachers on 1 July. They belong to EI affiliate, NZEI Te Riu Roa, which last year negotiated a collective employment agreement delivering a four...

    New Zealand: The Case for Early Childhood Teachers