To understand the world around us, access to basic education is crucial. Through quality education, people acquire the ability to listen, critically reflect about reality, and make informed choices about their life. This goal also seeks to improve school facilities, increase the number of training and vocational opportunities, and increase the number of trained teachers available to provide a safe learning environment.

Education is essential to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Quality education allows people to break the cycle of poverty; it helps to reduce inequalities and reaches gender equality; It enables people to lead a healthier and more sustainable life and it is essential to foster tolerance and peaceful societies.

The integration of SDG into vocational education helps people to develop knowledge, skills, values, and behaviours needed to address 21st-century challenges. In particular, this SDG is related to vocational education through target 4.3 (equal access to affordable technical, vocational, and higher education); target 4.4 (increase the number of people with relevant skills for financial success), and target 4.5 (eliminate all discrimination in education).

Schools/universities are essential to provide learning spaces for students to plan and implement their ideas to contribute to achieve SDGs and to integrate these issues into curricula and extra-curricular activities.

Action Areas

  • Global Action

    Global Action

    Quality education is essential to acquire knowledge about sustainable development which in turn can lead to more sustainable behaviours. For that, actions should be taken to promote fair and inclusive access to education all around the world. In an interdependent world, global action is related to individual actions that could have global consequences, for example: following international news and campaigns, sharing a social media post about global education, or running an international awareness campaign. This and other actions can contribute to raising awareness about global education challenges which in turn could influence national and international stakeholders to tackle these challenges.
  • Self-Learning

    Self-Learning

    Learning comes not only from formal education but also through non-formal and informal education across all contexts and life situations of individuals. In all learning contexts, individuals shouldn’t simply have a passive attitude towards education, but also be proactive in acquiring knowledge, skills, and abilities for his/her personal and professional development through an attitude of curiosity and exploration to enjoy and to value learning. To be proactive, individuals can participate and organize workshops about SDGs, get involved in programs (internships, traineeships…) or take free online courses.
  • Community participation

    Community participation

    Individuals also have a responsibility to contribute to quality education in their local community by promoting a more inclusive and solidary school. They must be aware of local challenges in accessing education, namely, accessibilities, gender, cultural and socio-economic challenges to develop and participate in local initiatives against discrimination and defend everyone’s right to education. Some initiatives that individuals can carry out are: creating a petition for the school board for accessible facilities; asking the local authorities to get involved in initiatives about quality education, and volunteering as a tutor.
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