The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or also known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of 17 “Global Goals”. These are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Out of these 17 goals, i find number 4 to be one of the most important. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. It takes no genius to figure out that education is the key to eliminating gender inequality, reducing poverty, creating a sustainable planet, preventing needless deaths and illness, and fostering peace.
Evidence also shows that:
- One additional school year can increase a woman’s earnings by 10% to 20%.
- Providing all children with quality basic education could boost annual economic growth by 2% in low-income countries.
- 12% of people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in poor countries had basic reading skills.
- Education empowers women to make healthy decisions about their lives. For example, women in Mali with a secondary level education or higher have an average of 3 children, while those with no education have an average of 7.
Education is an investment, and one of the most critical investments we can make.
To read more about the other SDGs