IN FOCUS: QUALITY EDUCATION
Education is not only a basic human right, it is an engine for poverty eradication, and a force for peace. It is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet, according to the forthcoming World Youth Report (20 February), unacceptably high numbers of young people continue to experience poor education and employment opportunities.
Moreover, at least 260 million children and youth are out of school, many of them girls. If this trend continues, by 2030, more than 400 million children will have no basic primary education and 800 million young people will not have the skills needed to join the modern workforce.
Ahead of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February), this editorial package highlights Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Quality Education – with a special focus on gender and youth. It brings together the voices of education advocates, and the work of the UN System on promoting quality education everywhere.