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In 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, 150 world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Global Goals. Goal #4 is about quality education.

Despite enormous progress, including tremendous improvement of basic literacy skills and enrolment rates’ increase, particularly for women and girls, the world failed to meet the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015.

In 2013, Italy’s population was 59 million people. Also in 2013, 59 million children of primary-school age were out of school. If you could help out with providing and protecting quality education for those children and adolescents who remain out of school, would you do it?

103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60% of them are women. 103 million is three times Canada’s population. 60% of that is around 62 million. This would be more or less the UK’s population. If you could help reduce these numbers, would you do it?

Would you help out, if you knew your actions could be directly linked to women’s participation and contribution in society and in economy?

Would you engage your friends, if you knew your actions could be directly linked to the number of child marriages and early pregnancies going down?

Would you do it all now, if you knew your actions could be directly linked to the significant reduction in infant mortality?


Reaching all youth with quality education isn’t easy and it is indeed a huge challenge. But this is also the reason why we all have to work together to make it happen. More importantly, it is the youth’s responsibility to be engaged and implement these goals. It is our, our children’s, and our grandchildren’s world that we are shaping right at this very moment.

Goal 4 for quality education will be reviewed at the high-level political forum in 2019. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the strongest weapon you can use to change the world.” So why not start now and make some progress for 2019?

AIESEC in Switzerland has several opportunities for you to participate in making several targets for Goal 4 happen.

  • By 2030, ensure that 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. => Brighten Your World 3.0 in Zhuhai, China
  • By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing states. => Project Educating Youth – French Teacher | English Teacher in Salcedo, Dominican Republic
  • By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development. => EDUCATE Slovakia in Bratislava, Slovakia

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Author: Melani Kalev