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Most recent figures show adult


in learning in Ireland is

below the EU average

Government of Ireland, 

Ireland: Voluntary National Review 2018

SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030


Obtaining education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. In addition to being key to escaping poverty, access to quality education can give people the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems. Education also has the ability to foster tolerance among people and enable us to live in more peaceful societies. 

Progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels, particularly for women and girls. However, around the world over 265 million children are currently out of school. 

What Can I Do?

Volunteer to teach English to migrants living in Ireland. Donate textbooks you no longer need to incoming students in your course.

What Are The Targets?

4.1 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes. 4.2 By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education. 4.3 By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university. 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. 4.5 By 2030, 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. 4.6 By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy. 4.7 By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development. 4.A Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all. 4.B By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries. 4.C By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing states.