Guide to indicators for SDG 4 Quality Education

published 14 June 2017 updated 30 August 2022

The education goal, SDG 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, is made up of 10 targets outlining the specific priorities and commitments on education – the Education 2030 Agenda. It includes targets on free primary and secondary education, early childhood and tertiary education, qualified teachers and safe learning environments.

Another key goal for us is SDG 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all, which commits to decent work, equal pay for work of equal value, labour rights and safe and secure working environments.

While the SDGs set a global level of ambition, the targets need to be adapted to national contexts and translated into national education plans. The Education 2030 Agenda considers teachers and educators, and their organisations, crucial partners in their own right and pledges to ensure “their full participation in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of education policy”.

Education International and its affiliates fought hard for the goal on quality education. It is crucial that the views and unique insights into the classroom reality of teachers and education support personnel are reflected in the implementation and monitoring of SDG 4. This guide aims to support you in holding your government to account for making the SDGs a reality.