Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
This is by far my favourite Global Goal and the one I am most passionate about.
It is the foundation on which our society is built. The beginning of all social change.
Fortunately, I was lucky enough to grow up in a place where I was able to complete every level of schooling. My Mother was a primary school teacher and my Father had a strong education. Both of my parents were able to help me on my journey and ensure I received all the knowledge and skills needed to be successful, healthy and happy in life.
Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky.
Today, more than 124 million children and youth are still out of school and 757 million adults cannot read or write (UNESCO, 2016).
Quality education is essential to every single one of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development and needs to be at the forefront of our humanitarian efforts.
Let me give you a few quick examples.
"One extra year of schooling increases an individual's earnings by up to 10%" UNESCO
This statistic is relevant both to global goal 1, no poverty, and global goal 8, decent work and economic growth. An increase in education directly correlates to an increase in better employment and consequently less poverty.
“In low income countries, mothers who have completed primary school are 12% more likely than mothers with no education to seek appropriate health care when their child has symptoms of diarrhoea.” UNSECO
This relates to global goals 3 and 5 and shows the importance our education has on our health.
Quality education has a direct correlation to concern for the environment. This means that in order to make progress towards Global Goals 7, 11, 13, 14 and 15, Global Goal 4, quality education is vital.
On top of all of this, according to the UN, “103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women” showing that education and gender equality (goal 5) go hand in hand.
All of these facts clearly demonstrate the importance of education everywhere. As so eloquently put by Nelson Mandela, it is a tool and weapon you can use to change the world.
Both myself and Sockos believe that awareness and education is key to all of the 17 goals. This is why I am so passionate about this initiative – by creating socks that standout and represent these goals we are creating conversations, the first step towards progress.
Think about it this way: if you are not aware that these issues exist, or you know nothing about them, how can you be expected to make quality change and progress towards them?
Just something to consider.
Until next time,