Quality education

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning

This Goal aims to ensure that by 2030 all girls and boys around the world can complete free primary and secondary education. It also includes targets supporting: the provision of pre-school education; equal access to tertiary and vocational education; enhanced vocational, technical, numeracy and literacy skills among young people and adults; reduced gender disparity in education provision; enhanced provision for vulnerable people and those with disabilities; and the recruitment of more teachers, especially in less developed countries. Read more on the UN SDGs website…

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You could show this film clip from UNICEF to start off a lesson on the topic of education. In the clip, children from all around the world tell us what education means to them – what does it mean to the children in your class? You can find many more clips like this in UNICEF’s ‘Education for all’ playlist.

Here are some teaching ideas for exploring this Goal through different subjects:

English / Mother tongue: Write letters to friends in other countries (real or imaginary) describing school and school experiences.

Maths: Calculate percentages of boys/girls, primary/secondary etc pupils in education in different countries.

Geography: Use ShowWorld maps to help analyse education situations in different countries.

History: Focus on a historic education campaign (for example, education for girls, free education, universal primary education, etc) and study the motivations, process and outcomes.

Drama: Students imagine being the teacher for a day and write and perform role-plays of how they would run a class.

Teaching resources

The Send My Friend website has some real-life stories of children in and out of school.

Lesson plans:

Education Can Transform the World – 60 mins, ages 11 to 14. Suitable for Social Studies, Citizenship, Geography, Language development
Everybody Wins When Girls Can Stay in School – 60 mins, ages 11 to 14. Suitable for Geography, Citizenship, PSHE, Social Studies
Why Are So Many Children Still Not In School? – 60 mins, ages 8 to 14. Suitable for Citizenship, Geography and Social Studies
The World Is Not Equal. Is That Fair? – 60 mins, ages 11 to 14. Suitable for Citizenship, Social Studies.

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