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SDG Goal 4 - Education

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Goal 4 - Quality Education. The global indicator framework was developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and agreed to, as a practical starting point at the 47th session of the UN Statistical Commission held in March 2016. The report of the Commission, which included the global indicator framework, was then taken note of by ECOSOC at its 70th session in June 2016. More information. By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes Proportion of children and young people: (a) in grades 2/3; (b) at the end of primary; and (c) at the end of lower secondary achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in (i) reading and (ii) mathematics, by sex 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. Education and Sustainability: Responding to the Global Challenge - Daniella Tilbury, International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Commission on Education and Communication.

Comprehensive sexuality education. A demonstration of male and female condoms. ©Ollivier Girard What is comprehensive sexuality education? Comprehensive sexuality education enables young people to make informed decisions about their sexuality. It is taught over several years, introducing age-appropriate information consistent with the evolving capacities of young people. It includes scientifically accurate, curriculum-based information about human development, anatomy and pregnancy. It also includes information about contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Human rights issues, gender equality and gender roles should be integrated into every aspect of these discussions. A matter of human rights The sexual and reproductive choices of young people can have a cascading effect on their human rights.

The importance of sexuality education has been recognized by numerous international agreements. Essential and effective Key facts What is UNFPA doing? Basic education and gender equality. Education for the 21st Century. Even at best schools, kids on free school meals are performing worse than their peers. It doesn’t matter if a school is outstanding or struggling, or if the majority of pupils are well-off or not – it’s likely that there will be a gap between how well poorer pupils perform compared to their peers.

The low achievement and below average progress of pupils who are entitled to free school meals is an issue for every school in England – whether in inner city urban areas or leafy rural shires. This “free school meals gap” – the difference in achievement between those children who are entitled to free school meals and those who are not – appears to exist in nearly all schools, according to forthcoming research I am presenting at the British Educational Research Association conference.

Dealing with this problem is not a question of finding who to blame, but of recognising the importance of factors outside as well as inside the school gates. Six grades difference Best schools still fall short Data from schools inspectorate Ofsted can be used to illustrate the same point. Bright, poor students less likely to get into elite universities.

Only 3% of able students from poorer backgrounds are likely to end up at an elite university, according to new research on the impact of education on social mobility. This is compared to 10% of students overall. But poorer students are actually getting into elite universities with lower A-level grades than their richer counterparts. Education, particularly at university-level, is a major route to success in the labour market and is one of the main drivers of social mobility. It is essential we understand how to improve the chances of poor but able students attending higher education and specifically achieving access to the most high status universities. In research funded by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, Claire Crawford at the University of Warwick, Lindsey Macmillan from the Institute of Education and I investigated the pathways that able children from different socio-economic backgrounds take on their route to higher education.

Falling behind on qualifications. UN Resolution the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. List of countries by Social Progress Index. The Social Progress Index measures the extent to which countries provide for the social and environmental needs of their citizens. Fifty-four indicators in the areas of basic human needs, foundations of wellbeing, and opportunity to progress show the relative performance of nations. The index is published by the nonprofit Social Progress Imperative, and is based on the writings of Amartya Sen, Douglass North, and Joseph Stiglitz.[1] The SPI measures the well-being of a society by observing social and environmental outcomes directly rather than the economic factors.

The social and environmental factors include wellness (including health, shelter and sanitation), equality, inclusion, sustainability and personal freedom and safety.[2] Introduction and methodology[edit] The Index combines three dimensions Each dimension comprises four components, which are each composed of between three and five specific outcome indicators. Two key features of the Social Progress Index are [2] History[edit] UNICEF report: Growing inequalities threaten most disadvantaged kids. Some 69 million children under five years of age will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, according to a United Nations report published today.

“Denying hundreds of millions of children a fair chance in life does more than threaten their futures – by fueling intergenerational cycles of disadvantage, it imperils the future of their societies,” said the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, on the release of The State of the World’s Children, the agency’s annual flagship report. “We have a choice: Invest in these children now or allow our world to become still more unequal and divided,” he added. The report notes that significant progress has been made in saving children’s lives, getting children into school and lifting people out of poverty. Investing in children pays off. Sustainable Development Goals. Set of 17 global development goals defined by the United Nations for the year 2030 A diagram listing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all".[1] The SDGs, set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and intended to be achieved by the year 2030, are part of a UN Resolution called "The 2030 Agenda".[2] The targets and indicators for the SDGs are included in the UN Resolution adopted by the General Assembly two years later on 6 July 2017.[3] The 17 goals are broad and interdependent.

Each of the SDGs has a list of targets which are measured with indicators (see list of SDG targets and indicators). The year by which the target is meant to be achieved is usually between 2020 and 2030. For some of the goals no end date is given. The 17 broad SDGs are made more specific by naming targets and indicators. Overview[edit] Indicators[edit] Index. By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university 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 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 More than half of children that have not enrolled in school live in sub-Saharan Africa.

Statistics | Education. The UNESCO Institute for Statistics is the first stop for education data from around the world. From primary school enrolments to tertiary graduation rates, the UIS education database is the most comprehensive in the world. More than 200 countries and territories take part in the UIS annual education survey, which covers all education levels and a range of issues such as gender parity, teachers and financing. The UIS has the mandate to monitor progress towards Education for All and education-related Millennium Development Goals.

The statistics, which are updated twice a year, are used by diverse partners, including governments, donor agencies and other UN organizations. In particular, the UIS is the primary education data source for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, the World Development Indicators and the Human Development Report, among others.

Quick links: The UIS serves as a laboratory for developing and testing new indicators and statistical methodologies.