How SDG 4 - Quality Education, affects all other SDGs

Published Feb 21, 2018
Courtesy: MDG Monitor

It is of course no doubt, Quality Education is the bedrock for the sustainability of other SDGs. For instance, UNESCO reports that if all students in low-income countries can get basic reading skills before leaving school, about 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty.

Similarly, ending hunger is possible as UNESCO study in 2013 shows that a mother’s level of education improves her children’s nutrition. Likewise, people who are better educated are likely to be more informed about diseases and take preventive measures. There are improvements on awareness about the essence of clean water and good sanitation. A study in Ethiopia shows that 6.8 million people gained access to improved sanitation from 1990 to 2006.

Additionally, there are increasing acceptance and adaptation of new practices and technologies on clean energy by developed and developing countries of the world. However, good jobs are meant for those who are better educated and the resultant effect is rapid economic growth.

Empirically, building industries and infrastructure requires experts who have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills and experience through education. And to take care of inequalities, studies show that with education people from disadvantaged communities are better positioned to advocate for their own rights and needs, gain entry into higher economic positions, social and civic life and help narrow gap of inequality.

With the help of education, new settlements that are emerging in local communities and cities around the world are now well planned. And in response to responsible consumption and proper utilization of the world’s resources, there are increasing efforts at recycling wastes, planting of trees, conservation of life below and on land.

With reference to responsible consumption, a study shows that for each additional year of education that the head of a household received, a society is between 4% and 21.5% less likely to cut old-growth forest per household on an annual basis.

Finally, there is hope for greater peace and justice as study shows that people with secondary education are more likely to show tolerance for who speak another language than those with primary education.   

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