We are one-third of the way towards the 2030 deadline for the achievement of the Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4): a quality education for all. But the world is severely behind on its commitments, and rapidly running out of time. As political leaders meet at this week’s High-level Political Forum (HLPF), the official mechanism to review progress towards the 2030 Agenda, the first-ever projections on the prospects for achieving SDG 4 show that the world is woefully off track.
This year, the generation of students that is due to finish secondary education by 2030 should be going to school for the first time. But according to the projections, published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Global Education Monitoring Report, one in six children aged 6-17 will still be excluded from education in 2030, and only six in 10 young people will complete secondary education. In other words, without action that propels us far beyond business as usual, we simply will not make it.