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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 20 May 2020

    Raise your hand for Justice for Every Child!

    The Justice for Every Child campaign, launched by the 100 Million campaign, urges the international community to take immediate action for marginalised children and young people.

    Raise your hand for Justice for Every Child!
  2. Opinion 16 May 2020

    “Education Support Professionals Need Protection Now!”, by Rae Nwosu.

    Rae Nwosu

    As president of the National Council of Education Support Professionals of the National Education Association (USA), I have the distinct honor of representing Education Support Professionals (ESPs) across the United States. We are crossing guards, bus drivers & bus monitors, paraeducators, secretaries, custodians, interpreters & translators, cafeteria workers, and everything...

    “Education Support Professionals Need Protection Now!”, by Rae Nwosu.
  3. Statements 15 May 2020

    Statement | Stand with ESP, protect education communities everywhere

    Today, on the third ever World Education Support Personnel (ESP) Day, Education International celebrates our ESP members and call upon you to stand in solidarity with ESP all over the globe.

    Statement | Stand with ESP, protect education communities everywhere
  4. Opinion 15 May 2020

    “Hong Kong and Its Education Under the Threat of Covid-19”, by IP Kin-yuen.

    IP Kin-yuen

    This is not the first time that Hong Kong faces a coronavirus attack. The bitter experience of SARS in 2003 which cost 299 lives (including eight medical staff) was horrible and unforgettable. That was the reason why HK citizens responded so quickly to the outbreak of a similar coronavirus and...

    “Hong Kong and Its Education Under the Threat of Covid-19”, by IP Kin-yuen.
  5. Opinion 8 May 2020

    “The Impact Of COVID-19 On Czech Education In The Present And Future”, by David Navrátil.

    David Navrátil

    The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic changed teachers´, pupils´ and parents´ lives in my country very quickly and suddenly. It has turned the perception of our education system by 180 degrees. A question remains – how will the Czech education system cope with it and will it change the future...

    “The Impact Of COVID-19 On Czech Education In The Present And Future”, by David Navrátil.
  6. Opinion 6 May 2020

    “A teacher’s experience having to get to grips with online teaching in the midst of a global pandemic”, by Lisa O’Donoghue.

    Lisa O’Donoghue

    I sighed as I sat down at my kitchen table. To my left, a fresh cup of coffee, to my right stacks of textbooks, in front of me a fully charged Microsoft Surface Pro. Right, let’s do this! My fingers hovered uncertainly over my keyboard as I perused my notes...

    “A teacher’s experience having to get to grips with online teaching in the midst of a global pandemic”, by Lisa O’Donoghue.
  7. Opinion 5 May 2020

    “The impact of COVID-19 on society in the Asia-Pacific region”, by Masaki Okajima.

    Masaki Okajima

    COVID-19 is spreading worldwide, impacting children, educators, parents and, most seriously, vulnerable people. The pandemic has affected over 1.5 billion learners in 192 countries in the world. School closures affect over 91% of the world’s enrolled student population and teaching personnel. Most countries in Asia-Pacific have been taking measures to...

    “The impact of COVID-19 on society in the Asia-Pacific region”, by Masaki Okajima.
  8. Opinion 29 April 2020

    “What’s next for schools after coronavirus? Here are 5 big issues and opportunities”, by Andy Hargreaves.

    Andy Hargreaves

    No schools, no exams, more online learning and parents in COVID-19 lockdown with their kids. What a mess! People are responding heroically. Some parents are working from home, others have lost their jobs and teachers are creating an entire new way of doing their jobs — not to mention the...

    “What’s next for schools after coronavirus? Here are 5 big issues and opportunities”, by Andy Hargreaves.
  9. Opinion 28 April 2020

    “We are one world”, by Lily Eskelsen García.

    Lily Eskelsen García

    As COVID-19 pandemic continues spreading around the world, educators are being called on to teach, reach and comfort their students and guide frantic parents. Stories shared by my EI colleagues fill me with hope. We are all in this together. We will get through this crisis together.

    “We are one world”, by Lily Eskelsen García.
  10. Opinion 25 April 2020

    “Intellectual property in times of Coronavirus”, by Yamile Socolovsky.

    Yamile Socolovsky

    The measures taken by most governments to try to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have been varied, and in some cases inadequate or too late. But almost everywhere in the world, cessation of face-to-face educational activities at all levels has been the rule.

    “Intellectual property in times of Coronavirus”, by Yamile Socolovsky.
  11. Opinion 24 April 2020

    “COVID-19 and Education in South Korea”, by Hyunsu Hwang.

    Hyunsu Hwang

    COVID-19 is a world-wide fear and a tremendous threat in every area of our lives. It affects everyone in the world. The scenes being captured look very familiar to us in a sense. They look like scenes from movies, but sadly this is a real and unprecedented situation in human...

    “COVID-19 and Education in South Korea”, by Hyunsu Hwang.
  12. Opinion 23 April 2020

    “Optimism of the Will”, by Dennis Shirley.

    Dennis Shirley

    Covid-19 has changed everything. Like it or not, our world is just at the beginning of a historically unprecedented shift to new ways of being, thinking, and doing. The international educational professional will need to respond with its full ingenuity and expertise to this unprecedented challenge.

    “Optimism of the Will”, by Dennis Shirley.
  13. Opinion 22 April 2020

    “We need new ideas to ensure education responses to Covid-19 don’t harm those marginalized”, by Manos Antoninis.

    Manos Antoninis

    In the middle of the turmoil that the pandemic has caused, two perspectives are critical. First, the upheaval has thrown pre-existing inequalities into sharp relief. Second, the crisis is the backdrop to a crash course in moral philosophy: we are all faced with stark choices, as solutions that help some,...

    “We need new ideas to ensure education responses to Covid-19 don’t harm those marginalized”, by Manos Antoninis.
  14. Opinion 16 April 2020

    "Teachers rising to the challenge of a global pandemic", by Steffen Handal.

    Steffen Handal

    In Norway, schools and kindergartens have been closed since the middle of March. Only children whose parents have a socio-critical profession have been attending. The Government has decided that early childhood institutions will open April 20th and grade 1 - 4 one week later.

    "Teachers rising to the challenge of a global pandemic", by Steffen Handal.
  15. Opinion 15 April 2020

    “Coronavirus Curriculum”, by Felisa Tibbitts.

    Felisa Tibbitts

    The pandemic is stretching the limits of school systems’ abilities to deliver education with the assistance of technology. The struggles of local and national education systems are well documented, and leaders are scrambling to address an overwhelming set of inter-connected challenges to the well-being of students, teachers, staff and administrators...

    “Coronavirus Curriculum”, by Felisa Tibbitts.
  16. News 14 April 2020

    Emergency debt relief for all low-income countries now!

    The International Monetary Fund Executive Board announced yesterday that it has approved immediate debt relief to 25 of the world’s poorest countries to help address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Emergency debt relief for all low-income countries now!
  17. Opinion 14 April 2020

    “Teleworking for Teachers”, by Miguel Duhalde.

    Miguel Duhalde

    Argentina reported its first case of COVID-19 on 3 March 2020; by 19 March, the country declared a complete lockdown when the number of confirmed infections reached 128. In response to the crisis, the government adopted a series of health, social and economic measures to slow down the spread of...

    “Teleworking for Teachers”, by Miguel Duhalde.