Interconnectedness of the Goals: Goal 1 & Goal 4
Updated: Nov 4, 2018
One of the most exciting aspects of the Global Goals is their interconnectedness. Previously, the multiple areas of development have been treated rather separately within their own categories. Now, however, we have a way to explore how social, environmental and economic development are all related to one another. This year, we are exploring how each goal and their associated targets need to see the achievement of each other in order to be fulfilled as a whole.
Goal 1 aims to end poverty, and Goal 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
One of the primary causes of poor education around the world, in developed and developing countries alike, is poverty. Education is also one of the solutions to poverty, thus creating a poverty cycle. However, through quality education, we can start to break the cycle to improve the lives of billions of people around the world.
Presently, 121 million children around the world lack access to basic primary and secondary education. A further 142 million children between the ages of 15 and 17 are not in school. Many of these children live in developing countries, highlighting the link between education and poverty.
A recent Sky News report found that Australian students from lower income families are approximately three years behind their peers from higher income families.
On top of this, High School Certificate completion rates for Australian students from lower income families are far lower (58%) than those of their peers from higher income families (77%).
On average, those who receive additional years of education reduce their chances of living below the poverty line. When it comes to education for girls and women, for every year of secondary education a girl receives, evidence demonstrates that they will receive a 25% increase in wages in their working lives.