Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): What does it aim for Education?

The collection of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the best strategy now available for improving the state of the world by the year 2030. The SDGs, which were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, are a call to action for all nations, including those with low, middle, and high incomes, to advance prosperity while preserving the environment. They understand that addressing social needs like education, health, equality, and job opportunities must coexist with initiatives that promote economic growth, combat climate change, and fight to protect our oceans and forests. In this article, we will discuss quality education goals among the 17 SDGs.

What is Sustainable Development?

The 193-nation United Nations (UN) voted to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015. The historic agenda lists 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and objectives for the planet and the dignity, peace, and prosperity of humankind, all of which must be accomplished by 2030. The agenda urges action in several areas, such as sanitation and poverty, and it seeks to support social needs while fostering local businesses.

These are the list of all 17 SDGs-

  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Good Health and Well-being
  • Quality Education
  •  Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequality
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Climate Action
  • Life Below Water
  •  Life on Land
  • Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  • Partnerships for the Goal

Goal 4: Quality Education

Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Agenda is to guarantee inclusive and equitable quality education and to encourage opportunities for lifelong learning for all. By 2030, all boys and girls will have free elementary and secondary education, thanks to this aim. It also aims to eliminate economic and gender disparities and provide everyone with access to high-quality higher education.

According to estimates, 1 in 5 of those 59 million kids have dropped out of school, and recent trends indicate that 2 in 5 of those kids will never set foot inside a classroom. Even as the global community more openly confronts the issues of quality and equity in education, the Sustainable Development Goals understand that this gap must be closed.

Goal Targets for achieving quality education

  • achieving Goal 4 by ensuring that all boys and girls have access to free, equitable, and effective primary and secondary education by 2030.
  • Assuring that all girls and boys have access to high-quality pre-primary education by the year 2030 will prepare them for primary school.
  • Ascertain that, by 2030, all men and women will have equal access to affordable higher education as well as technical, vocational, and tertiary education.
  • By 2030, significantly increase the number of young people and adults with skills that are necessary for employment, good jobs, and entrepreneurship.
  • Eliminate gender gaps in education by 2030, and guarantee that all people, including individuals with disabilities, indigenous peoples, and children in vulnerable situations, have equitable access to all levels of education and vocational training.
  • Make sure that by 2030, all young people and the majority of men and women in adulthood will be proficient in reading, writing, and maths.
  • Ensure that, by the year 2030, all students possess the skills and information required to advance sustainable development, including, but not limited to, teaching about human rights, gender equality, sustainable living, and encouraging a culture of peace and nonviolence. They should also be taught about global citizenship, respect for cultural diversity, and the role that culture plays in advancing sustainability.
  • Create and improve disability, and gender-sensitive educational facilities that offer secure, nonviolent, inclusive, and productive learning environments for everyone.
  • By 2020, there should be a significant increase in the number of scholarships available to developing countries for higher education, technical training, and programs in science, technology, engineering, and maths in developed and other developing countries, with a focus on the least developed countries, small island developing states, and African nations.
  • Increase the number of trained teachers available by 2030, in part through international cooperation for teacher training in developing nations, particularly in the least developed and small island developing states.

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