SDG4 aims to "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all".

It has ten associated aims, that include:
  • Ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes.

  • Ensure 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.

  • Ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.

  • Substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.

  • Eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.

  • Ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.

  • Ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.

  • Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.

  • Substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries.

  • Substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers.


The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on schooling is a “generational catastrophe”. Before the pandemic, progress was already slow and insufficient to achieve the education targets in the Goals. School closures caused by the pandemic have had devastating consequences for children’s learning and well-being. Hundreds of millions of children and young people are falling behind in their learning, which will have long-term impacts.

Based on the worldview that a better-educated population enhances the world, SDG #4 strives to boost education for the global population.
Sustainable Development Goal 4

How can an organisation pursue SDG4?

The technologies, infrastructure, and business models required to deliver on the wider SDGs are hugely dependent on an educated and skilled workforce, while economic growth and new markets are similarly reliant on an educated population. Therefore, it is arguable that the targets for SDG4 should have more explicitly acknowledged the role of businesses in supporting and providing lifelong education and skills development.

A well-educated workforce benefits individuals, businesses and the wider community.

Therefore, businesses and organisations can support SDG4 in a number of ways:

  • Provide (free or paid-for) personal and skills training services for adults of all ages
  • Provide support for children's education other directly or through partnerships
  • Provide products and materials for people to improve their own education
  • Businesses can encourage employees to better themselves through education
  • Value (possibly in monetary terms) educational standards to encourage personal improvement
  • Encourage critical and reflective thinking through being curious to know and understand more, and by taking a questioning approach to everything as things can be experienced differently depending on the person and the situation

This should help build a learning organisation.

Purpose-led Leadership

Good Dividends in partnership with QuoLux™ provide purpose-led leadership training programmes to enable leaders to align their businesses with Sustainable Development Goals.

QuoLux™ can help

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. QuoLux™, is a Good Dividends partner.

The aim of QuoLux™ and its Online Leadership and Management Centre is to substantially increase the number of adults who have relevant leadership and management skills to create employment, better jobs and achieve sustainable economic growth. QuoLux™ encourages leaders to apply their learning and to develop themselves, their employees and their workplace, and to positively impact stakeholders, the wider community and the planet.

QuoLux™ has integrated Good Dividends in all that it does to create value for people in employment as it pursues UN SDG 4 (target 4.4).