Goal 4: Quality education

Conflict has destroyed hundreds of schools in Yemen with more than 1,500 schools damaged by air strikes or shelling and over half of the country’s teachers have not been paid since 2016. Currently, 36 per cent of school-age girls and 24 per cent of boys do not attend school. School attendance is likely to drop even lower as the primary school enrollment has fallen to just 41.5 per cent.

Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. This goal ensures that, by 2030, all girls and boys have the same opportunities to complete free primary and secondary schooling. It also aims to provide equal access to affordable vocational training and higher education, so that both women and men are equipped to gain employment and generate income.

Facts and figures


Enrollment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91 percent.

57 million

Still, 57 million primary-aged children remain out of school, more than half of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

1 in 4

In developing countries, one in four girls is not in school.


About half of all out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas.

103 million

103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 percent of them are women.

6 of 10

6 out of 10 children and adolescents are not achieving a minimum level of proficiency in reading and math.

  • By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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 programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries

  • 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
Goals in action
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