SDG4 Quality Education

SDG 4: Quality Education Ensure inclusive & equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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Progress has been made toward universal education, with 92 percent of children worldwide completing primary education and 74 percent completing lower secondary education. But the gross tertiary enrollment ratio remains around 30 percent. Increased access to higher education is needed to achieve a productive, talented, and diverse labor force and an empowered citizenry. Sustainable Development Goal 4 also focuses on education quality, proficiency in key subjects at various ages, and access to modern education facilities.

Attending and completing school


Gross enrollment ratios at all levels of education have risen globally, but wide variations remain between rich and poor countries.

The primary completion rate increased from 81 percent in 1990 to 92 percent in 2013 worldwide, and East Asia and Pacific and Europe and Central Asia have achieved or are close to achieving universal primary education. Sub- Saharan Africa still lags behind the rest of the world, despite a substantial increase in the region’s primary completion rate to 69 percent in 2013 (figure 4a).

In 2013, 59 million primary school–age children were not in school, a substantial decrease from the 102 million in 1990 (figure 4b).

Assessing the quality of education


One challenge of Sustainable Development Goal 4 is how to measure the quality of education and assess learning outcomes.

children in high-income countries were almost five times more likely than children in low-income countries to have entered preprimary school in 2013 (target 4.2; figure 4c). The trend is similar for tertiary gross enrollment (target 4.3).


children in high-income countries were almost five times more likely than children in low-income countries to have entered preprimary school in 2013 (target 4.2; figure 4c). The trend is similar for tertiary gross enrollment (target 4.3).

 
Source: www.unstats.un.org and World Bank_World View Report_2016