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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 30 March 2006

    Open letter to all affiliates: Every Child Needs a Teacher

    Within the framework of Global Action Week's activities to be held from 24th to 30th April, EI issued an open letter on 30 March, signed by the President and General Secretary of EI, recalling the issues behind this year's message "Every Child Needs a Teacher".

    Open letter to all affiliates: Every Child Needs a Teacher
  2. News 27 March 2006

    UK: AUT-NATFHE Conference on Brain Drain

    On March 23, EI affiliates the Association of University Teachers (AUT) and the University and College Lecturers’ Union (NATFHE) organised a conference on “Brain Drain” as the final stage of a two-year project on the subject, which had its origins within the EI’s higher education debates.

    UK: AUT-NATFHE Conference on Brain Drain
  3. News 24 March 2006

    Union fury as employers ban unions from pay dispute talks

    EI affiliates the AUT and NATFHE have reacted with astonishment and anger at news today that the Universities and Colleges Employers (Ucea) Association have gone back on a commitment to meet them next week to try and resolve the current pay dispute for higher education staff.

    Union fury as employers ban unions from pay dispute talks
  4. News 22 March 2006

    EI at the 9th ESIB Convention

    EI recently attended a convention held by the "National Unions of Students in Europe" (ESIB) from 10-14 March in Vienna, Austria, on the "Higher Education and the Lisbon strategy ". EI was also part of a panel on a discussion session entitled "Who cares? Who dares?" on the "Lisbon strategy...

    EI at the 9th ESIB Convention
  5. News 21 March 2006

    EI Pan-European Standing Commitee for Higher Education and Research met in Sesimbra

    The EI Pan-European Standing Commitee for Higher Education and Research conducted a meeting recently in Sesimbra, Portugal, from 16-18 March, with a seminar on the "New Developments in Higher Education and Research: Consequences for the academic personnel" within the framework of the ETUCE-TRACE Project.

    EI Pan-European Standing Commitee for Higher Education and Research met in Sesimbra
  6. News 17 March 2006

    New Zealand: Pay Parity for Early Childhood Education Teachers

    EI affiliate NZEI Te Riu Roa and the New Zealand Childcare Association/Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa have negotiated pay parity with principals and deputy principals in primary schools for more than 400 teachers in leadership positions in 181 early childhood education centres throughout New Zealand.

    New Zealand: Pay Parity for Early Childhood Education Teachers
  7. News 15 March 2006

    Nigeria: Affiliate faults Implementation of Universal Basic Education

    EI affiliate the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has faulted the implementation of Universal Basic Education (UBE) programmes in the country, saying that the fundamental principles and policy of UBE are being compromised.

    Nigeria: Affiliate faults Implementation of Universal Basic Education
  8. News 7 March 2006

    UK: Lecturers begin strike action

    Members of EI affiliates the AUT and NATFHE are taking strike action today because they say promises to use new money coming into the higher education sector to improve staff pay have been broken.

    UK: Lecturers begin strike action
  9. News 3 March 2006

    UK: Unions join together to fight against tuition fee increases

    A coalition of EI affiliates in the UK have joined the National Union of Students (NUS) to fight against any tuition fee increases in the run up to a funding review planned for 2008. This could result in the removal of the £3,000 cap on tuition fees by 2010.

    UK: Unions join together to fight against tuition fee increases
  10. News 1 March 2006

    EI Analysis of the Global Monitoring Report on Education For All 2006

    The fourth EI Congress in Porto Alegre stressed that EI and teachers’ unions worldwide are committed to the success of the EFA initiative. In relation to this, each year UNESCO, on behalf of UN agencies, releases a “Global Monitoring Report” assessing the progress made on achieving the goal of EFA.

    EI Analysis of the Global Monitoring Report on Education For All 2006
  11. 27 February 2006

    Cameroon: schools without teachers, teachers without schools

    Public schools in Cameroon lack teachers while at the same time thousands of qualified teachers are unemployed. This is a regrettable squandering of human resources, all the more so considering that qualified teachers are hard to come by in many other African countries.

    Cameroon: schools without teachers, teachers without schools
  12. 27 February 2006

    A day in the life of...Nadia, teacher in a Roma school

    Her work is far from easy and every day brings a new challenge. Yet Nadia Georgiova, a Bulgarian teacher, would not give up her job at School No. 7 in Sliven for anything in the world.

    A day in the life of...Nadia, teacher in a Roma school
  13. News 24 February 2006

    Press Release 2/2006: Global Action Week 2006 (24-30 April) - Every child needs a teacher

    Education International and its teachers' unions worldwide are playing a leading role in the Global Action Week to increase the pressure on governments to demonstrate greater leadership to ensure that all children get the chance to be taught by qualified teachers.

    Press Release 2/2006: Global Action Week 2006 (24-30 April) - Every child needs a teacher
  14. News 23 February 2006

    Canada: International Mother Language Day

    To help better prepare children between the ages of 0 and 6 for French-language schooling in minority settings, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will release at a Feb. 28th news conference a unique kit of resources intended for people who care for and work with young Francophone children in minority...

    Canada: International Mother Language Day
  15. News 21 February 2006

    Indonesia: 8.1% education budget is unacceptable

    EI strongly supports its Indonesian affiliate, PGRI's campaign to raise the country's education budget. In 2005, only 8.1% of its national budget was dedicated to education, far lower than that of neighbouring countries such as Thailand (27%) and Malaysia (20%).

    Indonesia: 8.1% education budget is unacceptable