Goal 4: Quality Education

Provide accessible education for everyone.


Free primary and secondary education

By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.


Equal access to quality pre-primary education

By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.


Equal access to affordable technical, vocational and higher education

By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.


Increase the number of people with relevant skills for financial success

By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.


Eliminate all discrimination in education

By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.


Universal literacy and numeracy

By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.


Education for sustainable development and global citizenship

By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.


Build and upgrade inclusive and safe schools

Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.


Expand higher education scholarships for developing countries

By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries.


Increase the supply of qualified teachers in developing countries

By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States.

Even today, 750 million adults can’t read and write.

Current Situation

There are 750 million illiterate adults, mostly women, and 617 million children that lack the minimum proficiencies in reading and math skills across the globe. Education and literacy are fundamental tenets to the development, homeostasis and growth of complex societies, and key to maintaining upward socioeconomic trends and mobility.

Studies have shown that early education is one of the strongest determinants of academic proficiency and future opportunities across all income levels. In 2017 there were 262 million children globally, or 1 in 5, who were not in school and in Asia and Africa, girls are disproportionately denied the right to go to school compared with boys of the same age groups⁠—118 girls out of school for every 100 boys.

750 Mio

illiterate adults worldwide

617 Mio

children that lack the minimum proficiencies in reading and math skills

Impact Opportunity

Current projects focus on bringing technology and educational tools to remote geographic regions that contain large populations of people who do not have basic necessities and infrastructures. These tools for basic educational services include high-speed internet connectivity, online educational content, and remote learning for isolated communities. Other goals include reducing barriers to vocational and technical education, building and upgrading current schools, and expanding financial opportunities for developing countries. 

The training, education, and opportunities for teachers in these regions is key to achieving sustainable progress. Currently, there is an unevenly distributed amount of professionally trained teachers in more disadvantaged communities worldwide. Promoting and advancing education can impact other global sustainability goals through developing equality awareness, cultural contribution, and promoting nonviolence.

Current projects focus on bringing technology and educational tools to remote geographic regions.


AI + SDG Launchpad

Designing Curriculum to Tackle Global Challenges

The AI+SDG Launchpad Program allows any school, college, university, or research institute to easily create and manage a curriculum that bridges the gap between Data Enabled Sciences and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030.

The Launchpad serves as a blueprint for single or multi-semester courses that allow students to engage on global challenges they are passionate about in a structured way.

Learn more about Launchpad and how your academic institution can register to receive the SDB Curriculum Toolkit.

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AI Powered Education

Improving Childhood Learning through Personalized Education

AI Powered Education is part of an AI+SDG Launchpad project series, between the AI for Good Foundation and the Applied Data Science with Venture Applications Course at SCET, UC Berkeley.

The aim of the project is to personalize learning to each individual, providing them with materials not only suitable for their cognitive level, but also in a manner that suits their learning styles best.


Shared Datasets

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Learners impacted by COVID-19

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) is supporting countries in their efforts to mitigate the immediate negative impact of school closures and to facilitate the continuity of education through remote learning.

Ongoing Research

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CREDO at Stanford University

CREDO at Stanford University produces rigorous, non-partisan research and evaluation to enhance the body of empirical evidence, driving education policy decisions toward improved education outcomes for all students.

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Education Research International

Education Research International is a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal that considers scholarly, research-based articles on all aspects of education.

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International Journal of Educational Methodology

International Journal of Educational Methodology (IJEM) is a leading, peer-reviewed, open access, research journal that provides an online forum for studies in education, by and for scholars and practitioners, worldwide.


Education 2030: A Strategy for Refugee Education

Goal Partners

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Global Partnership for Education

Global Partnership for Education works with partner developing countries to create and implement education sector plans and mobilizes investments to help governments build stronger education systems that are based on data and evidence.

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Global Education Coalition

The Global Education Coalition is an open partnership of United Nations agencies, international organizations, private sector, and civil society representatives focused on ensuring the continuity of education for students across the globe through the COVID-19 crisis.

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Library For All

Library For All is a global team of authors, illustrators, designers, curators, developers, and entrepreneurs focused on making knowledge accessible to all by providing a diverse and inclusive, free and globally available digital and print library aimed at meeting the varied needs of primary school aged children around the world.

We’re applying Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to measure and accelerate progress on the United Nations SDGs. » Learn more

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Goal 4: Quality Education