Global perspectives on primary education
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Global perspectives on primary education

3.3 Progress towards SDG4

The UN’s online Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform has information on progress towards SDG4 [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

Today, the target of enrolling all children in school has been superseded by much more complex goals, including: the provision of quality education with effective and relevant learning outcomes, and safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all. There has been progress towards aspects of SDG4, and these focus on access and participation. However, in 2017 there were still 262 million children and young people out of school. You can read more about the progress that has been made since 2016 on the UN’s online Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform (explored in the following activity).

Activity 4

Read the page entitled Progress of Goal 4. You will need to read the information from all of the tabs. Then answer the following questions:

Based on this report, identify the findings in these areas:

1. What was the global primary enrolment rate?

a. 

56%


b. 

72%


c. 

91%


The correct answer is c.

2. Globally, how many primary school age children across the globe were not in school?

a. 

44 million


b. 

61 million


c. 

93 million


The correct answer is b.

3. As reported in 2018, what was the participation rate in early childhood and primary education in 2016?

a. 

70%


b. 

63%


c. 

49%


The correct answer is a.

4. In 2019, what was the percentage of trained primary teachers in Sub-Saharan Africa?

a. 

25%


b. 

64%


c. 

88%


The correct answer is b.

5. Worldwide, what percentage of primary and lower secondary age children attain minimum proficiency levels in reading and in mathematics?

a. 

Less than 50%


b. 

More than 50%


c. 

Nearly 100%


The correct answer is a.

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