The right to education and equal rights of women and girls in the field of education form the basis of this goal. According to the United Nations Development program data, since 2000, there has been enormous progress in achieving the target of universal primary education. The total enrolment rate in developing regions reached 91% in 2015, and the worldwide number of children out of school has dropped by almost half. There has also been a dramatic increase in literacy rates, and many more girls are in school than ever before.

Progress has also been tough in some developing regions due to high levels of poverty, armed conflicts and other emergencies. In Western Asia and North Africa, ongoing armed conflict has seen an increase in the number of children out of school. This is a worrying trend. While Sub-Saharan Africa made the greatest progress in primary school enrolment among all developing regions – from 52 percent in 1990, up to 78 percent in 2012 – large disparities still remain. Children from the poorest households are up to four times more likely to be out of school than those of the richest households. Disparities between rural and urban areas also remain high.

Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. This goal ensures that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030. It also aims to provide equal access to affordable vocational training, to eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to a quality higher education.


Inclusive sport activities have long been used to foster education and have therefore been identified as a tool to advance those rights. 

Sport can encourage inclusion and the equal participation of women and girls, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable or underrepresented groups and individuals. Stakeholders in sport and education can cooperate to promote tolerance, diversity and non-discrimination in school programmes. Joint programmes with schools offer additional and alternative physical education and physical activities to support the full learning process and deliver holistic education. 

Sport can improve learning outcomes by fostering academic performance and achievement, leadership abilities, and concentration and focus capabilities. Sport-based programmes offer education opportunities and transversal life skills to be used beyond school including the workplace. Sport, physical education, physical activity and play can motivate children and youth to attend school and engage with formal and informal education. Sport programmes for girls, including in refugee camps, can be used as an incentive to stay in school. Moreover, the popularity of sport can raise awareness about sustainability through designing sustainable educational curriculums and greening schools and universities: 


Expanding beyond that, also quality physical education can be linked with the 4th goal:


European Physical Education Association (EUPEA) Declaration of Madrid.

Starting with depending on well qualified educators and responsible authorities, the focus of the quality physical education should be on respecting human rights and the principles of inclusive education. That leads to criteria that has to be created:

1) Promoting values associated with participation in Physical Education: respect, fair play, tolerance (also common with olympic values).

2) Creating a skill set that will ultimately develop and implement policies and strategies with wellbeing at the core.

Among the results of this program would be a strength based approach to human capacity development through sports and the goal 4 of the SDGs.


PLAY International
PLAY International supports this idea and shows through everyday actions that innovation through sports favours social cohesion and can resolve many educational and health-related problems. Playdagogy is an innovative active educational methodology that allows children to play and learn at the same time. The Playlab is bringing people together to collaborate around social innovation through sport.
Website: https://www.play-international.org/en

Moving the Goalposts (Kenya)
Moving the GoalPosts (MTG) is a sport for development organization that harnesses the power of sport to overcome social obstacles girls and young women face in coastal Kenya.
Website: https://mtgk.org

TOPs – Creation of Modern Educational Technology in Physical Education (Azerbaijan)
TOPs is a joint project of British Council, Ministry of Education and Sport for Development Public Union in Azerbaijan. The aim of the project is to equip physical education teachers with new skills on modern educational technologies in physical education and to create an advantageous environment for the development of learners’ physical skills by creating opportunities for the protection of their physical and psychological health conditions at secondary schools. https://www.britishcouncil.az/en/programmes/education-society/TOPs


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