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SDG 4 Indicators

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Target 4.1

By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes. See latest GEM Report chapter

IndicatorDescriptionLink to UIS data
4.1.1

Proportion of children and young people (a) in Grade 2 or 3; (b) at the end of primary education; and (c) at the end of lower secondary education achieving at least a minimum proficiency level in (i) reading and (ii) mathematics, by sex

Learning
Link to UIS data

Target 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. See latest GEM Report chapter

IndicatorDescriptionLink to UIS data
4.4.2

Percentage of youth/adults who have achieved at least a minimum level of proficiency in digital literacy skills

Target 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. See latest GEM Report chapter

IndicatorDescriptionLink to UIS data
4.5.1

Parity indices (female/male, rural/urban, bottom/top wealth quintile and others such as disability status, indigenous peoples and conflict-affected, as data become available) for all education indicators on this list that can be disaggregated

Equity
4.5.2

Percentage of students in primary education whose first or home language is the language of instruction

4.5.3

Extent to which explicit formula-based policies reallocate education resources to disadvantaged populations

Target 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 nonviolence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development. See latest GEM Report chapter

IndicatorDescriptionLink to UIS data
4.7.1

Extent to which (i) global citizenship education and (ii) education for sustainable development, including gender equality and human rights, are mainstreamed at all levels in (a) national education policies; (b) curricula; (c) teacher education and (d) student assessment

4.7.3

Percentage of 15-year-old students showing proficiency in knowledge of environmental science and geoscience

4.7.4

Percentage of students by age group (or education level) showing adequate understanding of issues relating to global citizenship and sustainability

4.7.5

Extent to which the framework on the World Programme on Human Rights Education is implemented nationally (as per UNGA Resolution 59/113)

Target 4.a

Build and upgrade education facilities that are child disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all. See latest GEM Report chapter

IndicatorDescriptionLink to UIS data
4.a.1

Proportion of schools with access to: (a) electricity; (b) Internet for pedagogical purposes; (c) computers for pedagogical purposes (d) adapted infrastructure and materials for students with disabilities (e) basic drinking water; (f) single-sex basic sanitation facilities; and (g) basic handwashing facilities (as per the WASH indicator definitions)

Quality

Target 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. See latest GEM Report chapter

IndicatorDescriptionLink to UIS data
4.b.2

Number of higher education scholarships awarded, by beneficiary country

Finance

See latest GEM Report chapter

IndicatorDescriptionLink to UIS data
F.1

Government expenditure on education as a percentage of GDP

Finance
F.2

Government expenditure on education as a percentage of total government expenditure

Finance
Education Progress