#4: Quality Education​

UNSDG Goal 4 Quality Education

Education is a means to increase socioeconomic mobility, to reduce inequalities and to reach gender equality. It is the key to escape poverty, and it is also crucial to foster tolerance and more peaceful societies. However, according to the UN, more than half of all children and adolescents worldwide are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics.  And due to COVID-19, by April 2020, close to 1.6 billion children were out of school.

Given the massive potential of technology, EU Tech Chamber believes Technology will facilitate the innovation of education and help more children and people in general to have access to education. See what our advocates are doing to push this SDG forward: IESE – believes that genuine and sustainable prosperity can only be achieved through a humanistic approach to business; MittelstandsCampus – who helps to up-skill companies and employees in the fields of robotics, automation, 3-D printing and data science; getINNOtized – who aims to generate jobs for digital talents across Pan-Africa. Let us make a valuable contribution to the realization of inclusive and equitable access to quality education.

Ubiquitous connectivity (IoT) and democratization of intelligent devices lead to automatic data creation for a sustained asset utilization. Fully digitized supply chains are not linear anymore but an interconnected network of open communities with a “collaboration first” attitude for the higher aspiration of a robust digital services delivery.

Empowered customers and intelligent end devices will govern future offerings. Digitalization will enable new commercial models attuned to the individual needs and platform eco-systems to orchestrate value creation.

EUTEC’s Digitalization Council is designed to foster innovation and business opportunities for European technology – please check out the video. We match digital technologies with companies and markets to strive for innovation-led growth in Europe. Let’s learn more about Digitalization Council in the following video. 

One of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development is to achieve inclusive and quality education for all.

A quality education is the one that focuses on the whole child—the social, emotional, mental, physical, and cognitive development of each student regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or geographic location.

Over the past decade, major progress was made towards increasing access to education and school enrollment rates at all levels, particularly for girls. Nevertheless, more than half of all children and adolescents worldwide are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. 

In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, a majority of countries announced the temporary closure of schools, impacting more than 91 per cent of students worldwide. By April 2020, close to 1.6 billion children and youth were out of school. And nearly 369 million children who rely on school meals needed to look to other sources for daily nutrition. Never before have so many children been out of school at the same time. The global pandemic has far-reaching consequences that may jeopardize hard won gains made in improving global education.

EUTEC encourages countries, institutions, schools and entities to foster international collaboration to mobilize resources and implement innovative and context-appropriate solutions to provide education remotely, leveraging hi-tech, low-tech and no-tech approaches, facilitate inclusive learning opportunities for children and youth during this period of sudden and unprecedented educational disruption.