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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 25 September 2023

    Education International meets with the Ministry of Education in Cote d’Ivoire to fight for formative assessment

    The 25th of September marks the first day of the 2023-2024 school year in Cote d’Ivoire. For the last seven years, the day has been one filled with ceremonies for students, teachers, and parents. This is because since 2016, the Ministry of Education has held official ceremonies in each of...

    Education International meets with the Ministry of Education in Cote d’Ivoire to fight for formative assessment
  2. Worlds of Education 25 September 2023

    Teaching in an age of crises: rediscovering the importance of dignity

    Howard Stevenson

    In 1968, Martin Luther King addressed striking sanitation workers in Memphis, but his words will resonate with teachers around the world today: “. . . whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity and it has worth”. Tackling what...

    Teaching in an age of crises: rediscovering the importance of dignity
  3. News 22 September 2023

    Education unionists strategise action against fossil fuels

    The 9th meeting of the Education International Climate Network took place online on September 20. Fossil fuel subsidies and their impact on education, as well as education union strategies for fossil fuel divestment, and the continued mobilisation for climate education were on the agenda.

    Education unionists strategise action against fossil fuels
  4. Worlds of Education 15 September 2023

    Equitable access to the teaching profession is vital to quality education

    Mary Metcalfe

    When I was asked to draft a contribution on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the UN High-Panel on the Teaching Profession , I agreed without hesitation because I believe that equitable access to the teaching profession (for those working in classrooms and those working at different levels of the system)...

    Equitable access to the teaching profession is vital to quality education
  5. News 14 September 2023

    Panel on the Teaching Profession convenes at United Nations

    Continuing on the fast-track process set by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the UN High-Level Panel on the Teaching Profession opened its in-person sessions Thursday with urgent calls to recruit, retain and support professionally trained teachers worldwide.

    Panel on the Teaching Profession convenes at United Nations
  6. Worlds of Education 8 August 2023

    Truth and Reconciliation: the responsibility of education and teachers towards Sami, Kven and Forest Finn communities in Norway

    Kathrine Blyverket

    In 2018, Norway’s Parliament established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to examine historic policies and activities relating to Indigenous Peoples, including attempts to assimilate them. On 1 June 2023, after five years of work, the commission presented its report , based on interviews with more than 700 people, illustrating very...

    Truth and Reconciliation: the responsibility of education and teachers towards Sami, Kven and Forest Finn communities in Norway
  7. Statements 8 August 2023

    International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2023

    EI Statement

    On 9 August, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Education International reaffirms the rights of Indigenous Peoples and youth to quality, culturally relevant education at all levels. The ability of Indigenous Peoples to control and implement their own education systems in Indigenous or traditional languages is an exercise...

    International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2023
  8. Worlds of Education 25 July 2023

    From poetic pedagogy to a poetics of pedagogy

    Diana Léocadie, Sydalise Dufestin

    Pedagogy speaks of children. Poetry is addressed to children – the children we once were. In this alliance of words, it may then be possible to find something still unexplored, or something so simple we have not thought of it. Something that would open new doors or paths by giving...

    From poetic pedagogy to a poetics of pedagogy
  9. News 20 July 2023

    Australia: Better access to higher education for Indigenous students in major reform of the sector

    The Australian government has announced a set of reforms aiming to increase access to higher education for Indigenous students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. All Indigenous students will be guaranteed a Commonwealth-supported place at the university of their choice.

    Australia: Better access to higher education for Indigenous students in major reform of the sector
  10. Worlds of Education 19 July 2023

    Addressing and combating racism through education in Brazil

    Luanda Julião

    “Raise your hand if you have ever been a victim of racism.” That was the first sentence I said to my pupils in a secondary school class, in order to discuss the issue of racism and its social ramifications.

    Addressing and combating racism through education in Brazil
  11. News 17 July 2023

    Education International’s Executive Board: World Congress, 30 years of mobilising, artificial intelligence in education, addressing the global teacher shortage

    The Education International Executive Board met online on July 6 and July 14. EI’s 9th World Congress held online on July 11 to 13, as well as the organisation’s strategy on the use of artificial intelligence in education, and the launch of the UN High-Level Panel on the Teaching Profession...

    Education International’s Executive Board: World Congress, 30 years of mobilising, artificial intelligence in education, addressing the global teacher shortage
  12. Research

    Chemical attacks on female students in Iran

    7 July 2023

    This research examines the sexual discrimination and oppression experienced by female students in Iran, particularly within the educational system. Discriminatory practices, rooted in religious political movements and the establishment of an authoritarian regime after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, create significant barriers for female students, hindering their progress and equal...

    Chemical attacks on female students in Iran
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  13. News 7 July 2023

    Inclusive, quality education: the key to ending child labour

    From India to Senegal, from Albania to Uganda and Mali, Education International (EI) members raised their voices in support of quality education to commemorate World Day Against Child Labour on June 12th.

    Inclusive, quality education: the key to ending child labour
  14. Research

    Analysis of National Statements of Commitment presented at the Transforming Education Summit

    Isidora Vitorović
    7 July 2023

    The Transforming Education Summit (TES) took place in September 2022 as the first meeting of heads of state in the “post COVID” period. It presented an important opportunity to initiate true transformation of global education, as country representatives gathered, made commitments and calls to action, and set priorities and targets...

    Analysis of National Statements of Commitment presented at the Transforming Education Summit
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  15. Worlds of Education 6 July 2023

    Past and present, women persist in their unions

    Susan Hopgood

    Three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, teacher unionists were in an optimistic mood. Mary Hatwood Futrell, president of the US-based National Education Association, rose to address a global gathering of teacher leaders in Stockholm as Education International was born.

    Past and present, women persist in their unions