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

Goal 4 is about ensuring day care for pre-school children and free primary school and youth education for all, so that all young people and adults can read and count. Through quality education, vocational skills must be increased and gender inequality eliminated.

The Government of Greenland considers education as the key to the sustainable development of the country. Fortunately, the number of people who completed an education at the youth education level or above has doubled since 2005 and up to now. In the period up to 2016, the number increased numerically from a little more than 500 to over 1000 annual completed training courses. Despite this positive development in completed educational courses, there is a room for improvement in the quality of primary school and work is being done to raise the level of education. It remains a major challenge that many do not start on a youth education, and among those who do, there is a large dropout rate.

The Government of Greenlands many efforts in the field of education are part of a long-term strategy to promote the country's development towards a more self-sustaining economy. A crucial precondition for that development is a well-educated population. Education starts already in preschool age, and here it must be ensured that both children outside and in day care have the opportunity to develop in a safe environment. In this way, they become confident, learn to show respect for each other and achieve a basic mental and physical state of health.

Education liberates the intellect, unlocks the imagination and is fundamental for self-respect. It is the key to prosperity and opens a world of opportunities, making it possible for each of us to contribute to a progressive, healthy society. Learning benefits every human being and should be available to all.


Here are a few indicators for this goal that it is possible to measure today. In the near future, Statistics Greenland will publish an SDG 2030 subpage for stat.gl with various available statistics relevant to the work on the SDG 2030 agenda.

Students in 3rd and 7th grade (2019)

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The targets

Everyone can help to make sure that we meet the Global Goals. Use these ten targets to create action to ensure quality education.

Target 4.1 – Free Primary and Secondary Education

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

Target 4.2 – Equal Access to Quality Pre-Primary Education

By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.

Target 4.3 – Equal Access to Affordable Technical, Vocational and Higher Education

By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.

Target 4.4 – Increase the Number of People with Relevant Skills for Financial Success

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.

Target 4.5 – Eliminate All Discrimination in Education

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.

Target 4.6 – Universal Literacy and Numeracy

By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.

Target 4.7 – Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship

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 non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development

Target 4.a – Build and Upgrade Inclusive and Safe Schools

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

Target 4.b – Expand Higher Education Scholarships for Developing Countries

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.

Target 4.c – Increase the supply of qualified teachers In Developing Countries

By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States.