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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 5 June 2020

    Post-pandemic economic recovery requires radical rethink and global solidarity, say union bodies

    Many economists predict that the COVID-19 pandemic will produce the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Policies and the details of their implementation will not only determine if economic recovery is successful, but if that recovery accelerates or slows the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals...

    Post-pandemic economic recovery requires radical rethink and global solidarity, say union bodies
  2. News 4 June 2020

    International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2020: Teachers recognised as the heroes of the Covid-19 crisis in education

    The 10th edition of the International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) took place on 2 June 2020, in a webinar format. Co-hosted by Education International and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the ISTP brought together education ministers and education unions for a discussion on the impact...

    International Summit on the Teaching Profession 2020: Teachers recognised as the heroes of the Covid-19 crisis in education
  3. News 3 June 2020

    New Zealand: Historic pay equity increase for education support personnel

    In New Zealand, education unionists have won historic pay equity increases for education support personnel. Over 22,000 school teacher aides have been offered a life-changing pay equity settlement including pay increases of up to 28 per cent.

    New Zealand: Historic pay equity increase for education support personnel
  4. News 2 June 2020

    Cameroon: the resumption of face-to-face classes without proper preliminary planning endangers teachers and students alike

    Organised teachers in Cameroon have warned the government that a resumption of classes on 1 June carried out without sufficient preliminary planning would put the educational community in danger. They have especially insisted on reduced class sizes and the provision of masks and hand sanitizer.

    Cameroon: the resumption of face-to-face classes without proper preliminary planning endangers teachers and students alike
  5. Opinion 27 May 2020

    “Teacher Leadership in the Aftermath of a Pandemic #3: Moving forward”, by Armand Doucet.

    Armand Doucet

    “Together shape a future that works for all by putting people first, empowering them and constantly reminding ourselves that all of these new technologies are first and foremost tools made by people for people.” --Klaus Schwaab, World Economic Forum-

    “Teacher Leadership in the Aftermath of a Pandemic #3: Moving forward”, by Armand Doucet.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.