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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. Opinion 4 October 2020

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Unleashing the transformative power of education”, by Camilla Croso.

    Camilla Croso

    In his seminal text "Pedagogy of the Oppressed", Brazilian scholar Paulo Freire writes, “Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.” I believe this encapsulates education’s transformative power. It is only...

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Unleashing the transformative power of education”, by Camilla Croso.
  2. Opinion 3 October 2020

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Embracing our Humanity”, by Felisa Tibbitts.

    Felisa Tibbitts

    A common thread connecting educators and learners worldwide during this pandemic is a shared humanity. Teachers, administrators, students, and their families on short notice have had to respond to the demands placed on schooling when schools closed. Those closing doors required educators to reimagine classroom teaching, this is certainly true....

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Embracing our Humanity”, by Felisa Tibbitts.
  3. Opinion 3 October 2020

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “A World Without Teachers”, by Andy Hargreaves.

    Andy Hargreaves

    Never has there been a more important time than this moment, right now, to think about and appreciate what great teachers have done for our children and also for us. We have seen what the world looks like when its teachers are taken away from our children. We have witnessed...

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “A World Without Teachers”, by Andy Hargreaves.
  4. Opinion 2 October 2020

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Tackling crises and big changes ahead: the role of education”, by Steve Klees.

    Steve Klees

    The pandemic has been devastating and we have little idea of its future. The education of so many children has suffered. Nonetheless, the world has gained a new and deeper appreciation of the work of teachers -- of teachers as essential workers. The world has also gained an understanding of...

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Tackling crises and big changes ahead: the role of education”, by Steve Klees.
  5. Opinion 2 October 2020

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “After the Virus: In Teachers We Trust”, by Pasi Sahlberg.

    Pasi Sahlberg

    What is the X-factor that helps schools through the current global health crisis? Lessons from around the world tell us that where schools have flexible curriculum arrangements, creative approaches to real problem-solving, and confidence in collective professional wisdom of teacher as leaders, navigation through the tough times gets easier. It...

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “After the Virus: In Teachers We Trust”, by Pasi Sahlberg.
  6. Opinion 2 October 2020

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Teachers and the Public Sector Wage Bill”, by David Archer.

    David Archer

    The IMF is 75 years old but still has a lot to learn. They need a well trained professional teacher to explain some basic truths. You can’t commit to ambitious development goals and then impose austerity. You can’t constrain public sector wage bills and then worry that countries have shortages...

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Teachers and the Public Sector Wage Bill”, by David Archer.
  7. Opinion 2 October 2020

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: Jordan Naidoo (UNESCO)

    Jordan Naidoo

    The experience of the past months shows that hard times really bring us together and reminds us of our collective power to endure and overcome the toughest challenges. The need for stronger partnerships, collaboration and global solidarity was emphasised repeatedly in collective efforts to confront the COVID-19 pandemic underpinned by...

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: Jordan Naidoo (UNESCO)
  8. Opinion 1 October 2020

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Public Education Homework: An Equitable and Inclusive Future” by Armand Doucet.

    Armand Doucet

    In a time of crisis, hidden truths are revealed and what we have learned is that our collective humanity is in trouble. For it to flourish, I hope and believe teachers will play a leading role to create a future that has inclusivity as its foundation.

    #WorldTeachersDay | Lessons from the Pandemic: “Public Education Homework: An Equitable and Inclusive Future” by Armand Doucet.
  9. News 28 September 2020

    Africa: The future of the teaching profession and education addressed by education unions and governments

    A series of virtual seminars on the future of the teaching profession is being held in 2020. The first in the series for this year took place on 15 September. There were 61 participants from eight countries. They came from education and teacher unions, ministries of education and international stakeholder...

    Africa: The future of the teaching profession and education addressed by education unions and governments
  10. News 23 September 2020

    Mexico: Agreement enhances teaching and learning conditions in the higher education sector

    In Mexico, a new agreement was reached between the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (SNTE) and the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) for quality working and living conditions for educators and quality education for students in the higher education sector.

    Mexico: Agreement enhances teaching and learning conditions in the higher education sector
  11. News 22 September 2020

    Canada: The Federation of Childcare Workers of Quebec calls an indefinite general strike

    The 10,000 home daycare workers affiliated to the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) began an indefinite general strike on 21 September. They have been holding rotating strikes in the regions of Quebec since 1 September and this increases the pressure.

    Canada: The Federation of Childcare Workers of Quebec calls an indefinite general strike
  12. News 8 September 2020

    OECD Education at a Glance 2020; education for more resilient societies

    Today, 8 September, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued its annual Education at a Glance (EAG) report for 2020. Although the data was gathered prior to the shock of COVID-19, the concerns expressed in the findings are only amplified by the pandemic and the economic hardship that...

    OECD Education at a Glance 2020; education for more resilient societies
  13. News 4 September 2020

    GEM Report: “Lost generation” risk without post-pandemic rapid action on SDG 4

    Today, 4 September, the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM) released a policy paper entitled, “Act now: Reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the cost of achieving SDG 4”. The paper argues that acting rapidly as the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic will reduce costs that would otherwise be necessary...

    GEM Report: “Lost generation” risk without post-pandemic rapid action on SDG 4
  14. Opinion 21 August 2020

    A question in the wilderness, by Joseph Jovellanos.

    Joseph V. Jovellanos

    A story was once told that after WWII, the then Emperor Hirohito of Japan called one of his soldiers and asked the question: “How many teachers survived?” This question is an acknowledgment by the emperor of the crucial role of teachers in building or re-building a nation. Without teachers, a...

    A question in the wilderness, by Joseph Jovellanos.