ENGLISH Why it Matters Goal 4 QualityEducation

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1 W h i l e © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1710/El Baba enrolment in primary : QUALITY EDUCATION education in WHY IT MATTERS developing to reduce inequalities and What is the goal here? countries to reach gender equality. - Ensure inclusive and qual It also empowers peo - has reached ity education for all and ple everywhere to live promote lifelong learning. - more healthy and sus per cent, tainable lives. Education 91 Why does education is also crucial to fostering matter? tolerance between peo - 57 million ple and contributes to Education is the key that more peaceful societies. will allow many other children Sustainable Development So through education, Goals (SDGs) to be remain out people can get better jobs achieved. When people are able to get quality and have better lives? of school education they can break Yes, education reduces from the cycle of poverty. inequality. Using data Education therefore helps for 114 countries in the

2 1985–2005 period, one number of out-of-school What can we do? children in the world. And extra year of education is Ask our governments • associated with a reduc - this region has a very to place education young population so it tion of the Gini coefficient as a priority in both will have to provide basic by 1.4 percentage points. policy and practice. education to 444 million But hasn’t a lot of children between the Lobby our governments • ages of 3 and 15 in 2030, progress been made to make firm which is 2.6 times the commitments to over the last few numbers enrolled today. provide free primary years on education? school education to all, Are there groups that Yes, enrolment in primary including vulnerable or have a more difficult education in developing marginalized groups. countries has reached 91%. access to education? Encourage the private • According to the UNESCO sector to invest resources Yes, women and girls Institute for Statistics (UIS in the development are one of these groups. Data Centre), between of educational tools - About one-third of coun - 2000 and 2012, the per and facilities tries in the developing centage of out-of-school regions have not achieved - children among prima • Urge NGOs to partner gender parity in primary ry-school-age children with youth and other education. In sub-Saha - has declined from 40% groups to foster the ran Africa, Oceania and to 22% in sub-Saharan importance of education Western Asia, girls still Africa and from 20% within local communities face barriers to entering to 6% in South Asia. - both primary and second To find out more - ary school. These disad Where are people about Goal #4 and vantages in education struggling the most to other Sustainable also translate into lack of have access to education? Development Goals, visit: access to skills and limited opportunities in the labour More than half of children http://www.un.org/ market for young women. sustainabledevelopment that have not enrolled in school live in sub-Saharan Africa, which makes it the region with the largest

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