Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
People with minimum proficiency in writing, reading and mathematics have small chances of living an equal and independent life. Education does affect not only the unemployment rate but also affects the ability to understand societal issues, and has an impact on the civic and political involvement of individuals.
Over the years, the number of illiterate people has decreased significantly, and the amount of children completing primary education has increased. Nevertheless, millions of children still do not go to school; many of them are girls. In industrialised countries, access to quality education and universities is much more difficult for socially disadvantaged people and minorities. Moreover, the quality of education varies worldwide.
By 2030, everyone should have free access to education, from kindergarten to superior studies, and regardless of gender origin, social status or disabilities. If financial means are lacking, then scholarships must be offered. Schools must be built, expanded and better equipped to create open and functional learning environments. Teachers must be well trained and better paid to provide qualitative education.