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Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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  • View the official blog from The Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness (GMCTL) at the University of Saskatchewan. This post helps instructors to identify ways in which they can infuse Goal 4 Quality Education into their own courses. It provides learning outcomes, ways to reflect, share & act and curricular connections and questions for students related to Goal 4.  

Case Studies

  • The Urban Sustainability Exchange (USE) website has case studies specific to each Sustainable Development Goal. These provide information on programs, projects and policies being implemented in cities around the globe to accomplish Sustainable Development Goals.
  • View the Southern Voice case studies by International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD). The research network Southern Voice launched six SDG case studies that focus on three of the global Goals: SDG 4, 7 and 8. The Bolivia case study illustrates the country’s challenges in monitoring education outcomes, and assesses the synergies and trade-offs between access to education and other development progress. IISD is an independent think tank that is guided by five core priorities - climate, resources, economies, act together and engage. They host events and publish strategic plans and reports related to their core priorities.


  • View this infographic on SDG 4 by the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs(UNDESA). This infographic illustrates an overview of disparities in education and infrastructure, targets and indicators and progress reports. UNDESA acts as the Secretariat for the SDGs, providing substantive support and capacity-building for the goals and their related thematic issues, including water, energy, climate, oceans, urbanization, transport, science and technology, the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), partnerships and Small Island Developing States.
  • View the Global Education Monitoring Reports by UNESCO for infographics and reports. The Global Education Monitoring Report is a global public good that provides sound evidence and analysis to support policy-making, facilitate the sharing of good practice, and hold those responsible to account for fulfilling their commitments to achieve SDG 4 on education. These documents share information on the disparities in education between countries, physical abilities, genders and citizenships.

Lesson Plans

  • SDG 4: Quality Education - A Manager’s Place in Canada: An Introduction to the Indigenous Context lesson is from the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. This lesson provides an introduction to the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The resources cover Territorial Acknowledgements, the historical background in Canada, terminology, statistics on Indigenous Peoples in Canada, a brief history of Crown-Indigenous relations, and lastly, Indigenization and Decolonization. While this lesson is neither exhaustive nor absolute, it is a starting point to understand the historical Indigenous context for doing business in Canada, with a focus on reconciliation and decolonization.
  • The following link will take you to a PDF with the direct link to multimedia educational resources, pedagogical resources and ideas for classroom activities and lesson plans for infusing SDG 4. View the PDF document here. 

Video Library

  • SDG Academy Library, a video library which consists of a vast collection of videos in the form of lectures. There is a series of lectures on different themes by Professors from around the world. Videos related to many different themes and issues under each sustainable development goal can be found in this library.  


  • The World's Largest Lesson website has many creative tools and resources for educators to promote learning about Sustainable Development goals. There are a variety of resources on the website that can be used to teach each SDG such as lesson plans, guides, videos, books, comics, games, quizzes, and many other resources. The resources are available in many different languages.  
  • View website Springer Nature, it provides access to a collection of different resources related to SDG 4. There are interviews, books, journal chapters and articles, blogs, collections, and special issues related to SDG 4.  
  • Makematic is a website with animated and live-action videos that focus on global learning for teachers and students. The website has 68 animated and live-action films dedicated to Sustainable Development Goals. There are videos exploring each SDG.  
  • View the SDG Tracker website to access data related to the progress of Goal 4, its related targets, and indicators. It is a free, open-access resource that tracks global progress toward the SDGs.  
  • Visit Iberdrola, a global energy leader and renewable energy company with a commitment to the SDGs. The company shares how it is contributing to reaching SDG #4 Quality Education. Iberdrola has committed to the energy transition with a sustainable business model based on renewable energy, smart grids, large-scale energy storage and digital transformation.