Every time quality education is mentioned in the targets for SDG 4, it infers the necessity of qualified teachers to deliver that quality. Unfortunately, in too many schools of low-income countries, provinces, and neighborhoods the quality of education and learning is low. Part of the problem is a lack of qualified teachers.
Teacher education is essential to achieving at least four of the 10 targets for SDG 4.
Target 4.1 “By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.”
Target 4.2 “By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education.”
Target 4.7 “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.c “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.”
Members of the INTEI work to achieve these targets.