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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. 10 September 2008

    Chad: Education on life support in Eastern Chad

    Goz Beïda, Eastern Chad—The town is surrounded by camps for Sudanese refugees and displaced Chadians, bare hills on which a few bushes struggle to survive, shrivelled by the sun. Beyond lies the desert, which now is only crossed by armed men: bandits, soldiers or rebels.

    Chad: Education on life support in Eastern Chad
  2. 10 September 2008

    Ending the cycle of poverty: Empowered children are key to economic injustice

    Educators everywhere strive to give children the knowledge and skills to become self-reliant, fully-engaged citizens. But, despite their best efforts, the cycle of poverty often continues through the generations.

    Ending the cycle of poverty: Empowered children are key to economic injustice
  3. 4 September 2008

    Early Childhood Education: Quality versus quantity?

    It’s 9:30 on a grey day in Brussels. In the colourful playground at the crèche Cardinal Mercier, 15 toddlers are giggling and running about or playing on a slide, oblivious to the imminent rain. Severine Ndeye, one of the three educators carefully watching over, calls her infant class inside to...

    Early Childhood Education: Quality versus quantity?
  4. 4 September 2008

    EI develops guidelines to confront globalisation

    Education International has long been concerned about the growing threats posed to education at all levels as a result of economic globalization and trade liberalization. Vocational education and training (VET) is particularly vulnerable to these pressures.

    EI develops guidelines to confront globalisation
  5. News 3 July 2008

    UK lecturers want greater involvement in university climate efforts

    The University and College Union (UCU) is congratulating UK universities that are doing the most to combat climate change, but is still urging all universities to step up the involvement of staff and students in their efforts. The union has called for a carbon reduction strategy on every campus based...

    UK lecturers want greater involvement in university climate efforts
  6. News 16 June 2008

    UK: Keele University greylisting suspended as union strikes deal

    The University and College Union (UCU) announced on 12 June that it has reached an interim agreement with Keele University over the current dispute involving the School of Economic and Management Studies (SEMS) and the Centre for Health Planning and Management (CHPM).

    UK: Keele University greylisting suspended as union strikes deal
  7. News 11 June 2008

    EI to hold press conference on "Let's Go Campaign" in Berlin

    Together with the European Student Union (ESU) and its member organisation, the Freier Zusammenschluss von StudentInnenschaften (FZS), EI and its member organisation, the Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW), are holding a press conference in Berlin on 12 June to present their joint campaign called "Let's Go".

    EI to hold press conference on "Let's Go Campaign" in Berlin
  8. News 9 June 2008

    UK: UCU's greylisting of the University of Keele to begin on 13 June

    The University and College Union (UCU) will "greylist" the University of Keele from 13 June. The term greylisting refers to a voluntary refusal to participate in the academic and other university activities where appropriate at Keele.

    UK: UCU's greylisting of the University of Keele to begin on 13 June
  9. 5 June 2008

    Let’s go! Educators and students campaign for mobility

    After finishing his first degree, Predrag Lazetic, a Serbian student, was happy to be admitted to a Master’s degree program in Germany. Well in advance of the beginning of his course, Predrag applied for his student visa, which he was told would take between four and five weeks.

    Let’s go! Educators and students campaign for mobility
  10. News 19 May 2008

    Back to School during Global Action Week

    Global Action Week 2008 lived up to its name and proved to be a truly global occasion, with coalitions of teachers’ unions issuing a simultaneous call in support of education rights everywhere for everyone. The World’s Biggest Lesson was a record-breaking event and brought the theme to a large global...

    Back to School during Global Action Week
  11. News 30 April 2008

    European Campaign for Higher Education Staff and Student Mobility in full gear

    The joint campaign of EI and the European Students' Union (ESU) for Staff and Student Mobility in Europe is in full gear. Entitled "Let's Go", the campaign is supported by the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) and aims to achieve full freedom of movement for higher education staff and...

    European Campaign for Higher Education Staff and Student Mobility in full gear
  12. News 25 April 2008

    The Global Campaign for Education breaks World Record for the Biggest Lesson ever

    More than 7.5 million children, adults, teachers and campaigners in more than 100 countries took part in the Global Campaign for Education’s “World’s Biggest Lesson” about the importance of everyone having the chance for a quality education. The world record for the largest simultaneous lesson in history has been broken...

    The Global Campaign for Education breaks World Record for the Biggest Lesson ever
  13. News 23 April 2008

    Teachers give the World’s Biggest Lesson ever!

    As part of Global Action Week, today teachers all around the world are cooperating in an effort to set a world record for the biggest lesson ever taught.

    Teachers give the World’s Biggest Lesson ever!
  14. News 21 April 2008

    Global Action Week 2008 has arrived!

    Teachers' trade unions around the world are coordinating and participating in a huge variety of actions to show their support for quality Education For All.

    Global Action Week 2008 has arrived!
  15. News 11 April 2008

    Global Action Week is fast approaching!

    Global Action Week 2008 is fast approaching and will see the launch of activities to promote universal education.

    Global Action Week is fast approaching!