Two events have happened recently with regard to SDG 4 Quality Education.

The Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) Basic Leadership Development Course (BLDC) has been successfully held in Aotearoa New Zealand for the first time; and UNESCO has just published a report monitoring progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


ACE Aotearoa was the host country for this course which was held in Auckland at the end of November. There were five New Zealanders on the course as well as emerging leaders from Mongolia, Vanuatu, China, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Solomon Islands and PNG. It was the first time that there was a large group of adult educators from the South Pacific on the course. They were able to work together to set some action plans for adult education in the region.

Working on ways to achieve SDG 4: Quality Education – was an important part of the course.

UNESCO’s monitoring report

Chapter 7 of a report, Migration, displacement and education: Building bridges not walls, published last month, has findings on progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Quality Education is SDG Goal 4.

SDG 4 Quality Education, is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’ and has seven targets and three means of implementation.

There are 17 SDGs – all connected. They are a UN blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind. It is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.

Click here to read the Global Education Monitoring Report (chapter 7).