Global Learning Programme


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and particularly Goal 4 for quality education, aim to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. A micro-hydro system in Zimbabwe provided enough power to run a school. Students are now also able to study at night. © Practical ActionGoal 4 aims for all young people to achieve literacy and numeracy, and to complete their primary and secondary education. Yet, despite huge efforts since the launch of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, continued by the SDGs since 2015, around 60 million children around the world are still missing out on school.

Recommended reading

The following links and articles provide useful background information to help you teach about the importance of education in the fight against poverty:

BBC News: Malala: The girl who was shot for going to school

Guardian: Universal primary education Collection of articles on the Guardian global development website

Global Dimension: Fight Poverty, Educate Girls Feature article exploring how girls’ education can slow down population growth, and reduce poverty

Teaching resources

Education for all

Introduction, learning objectives and further links
Activities and case studies
PowerPoint® presentation

Other useful teaching resources about education:

Global Campaign for Education: Send My Friend website Resources about the importance of education for development

SOS Children’s Villages: Our Africa teaching resources website Key Stage 3 resources based on video clips produced by young people from different African countries. They include videos on education and jobs

Oxfam: Every Child Needs a Teacher Key Stage 3 resources exploring why some children miss out on school, and ideas to help them get the education that is their right

Oxfam: Explore Girls’ Education Key Stage 3 resources exploring access to education and ideas for taking action

CAFOD: Going To School Key Stage 2 resources exploring learning and education in other countries around the world

Schooling The World A controversial film shot mainly in Ladakh, pointing out that imposing modern schooling on everyone may damage indigenous cultures (includes teaching resources)

For further teaching resources, browse through the following searches:

Key Stage 2 Education resources

Key Stage 3 Education resources


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