The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to address pressing economic, environmental and social challenges. The SDGs are interlinked and interdependent, such that progress on one goal can affect progress on others. In response to this, intersectoral collaboration has come to be seen as a more efficient and effective way of working.
Quality education is an end in itself: education is a fundamental human right, essential for personal development, empowerment, and fulfilment, and provides individuals with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to lead meaningful and productive lives. Education also holds transformative potential as a means to achieving the SDGs by contributing to just, sustainable and inclusive societies. The other SDGs contribute to education (SDG 4) by providing environmental, economic and social contexts that are supportive to learning and development, while addressing the root causes of educational inequality.