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SDG 4: Quality education. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Since 2000, there has been enormous progress in achieving the target of universal primary education. The total enrolment rate in developing regions reached 91 percent in 2015, and the worldwide number of children out of school has dropped by almost half. There has also been a dramatic increase in literacy rates, and many more girls are in school than ever before.

These are all remarkable successes. Progress has also faced tough challenges in developing regions due to high levels of poverty, armed conflicts and other emergencies. While sub-Saharan Africa made the greatest progress in primary school enrolment among all developing regions – from 52 percent in 1990, up to 78 percent in 2012 – large disparities still remain. Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development.

Education - United Nations Sustainable Development. EducationFlorencia Soto Nino2017-02-10T15:49:35+00:00 Share this story, choose your platform! Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

At high-level forum, UN stresses importance of education in building ‘culture of peace’ Education can promote ideals of non-violence, equality and mutual respect, United Nations officials said today at a high-level event on how to achieve a culture of peace amid current global challenges and threats to stability, […] Read More. Strategy for Australia’s aid investments in education 2015–2020. Summary This strategy guides Australia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) expenditure in education, one of the priority sectors identified in the overarching development policy framework, Australian aid: promoting prosperity, reducing poverty, enhancing stability, released by the Minister for Foreign Affairs in June 2014. Effective education systems can contribute directly to poverty reduction, economic growth and stability. The acquisition of knowledge and skills through education improves individuals’ earning potential and ability to invest wisely in their future and those of their families.

Educating women and girls is particularly transformative; every additional year of schooling makes a difference to marriage age, fertility rates and health outcomes for women and their children. Australia will invest in better education outcomes for all children and youth across the Indo-Pacific region, to contribute to reduced poverty, sustainable economic growth, and enhanced stability. From Policy to Action. SDGs for Australia Interim Report.