The World Literacy Summit and SDG No. 4 – Education

Rebecca Woodcock, BA Politics at Newcastle University

Newcastle University has some great academics focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals. As the World Literacy Summit moves online this week due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it would be a good idea to focus on SDG 4, inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning.  

The 2020 World Literacy Summit 2020 is the fourth summit hosted by the World Literacy Foundation. It combines speeches from international literacy specialists, including NGO leaders, academics and literacy entrepreneurs. The discussion will share knowledge of the worlds literacy statistics, improvement and goals for the future.

One academic at Newcastle interested in achieving SDG 4 is Dr Steve Humble. Dr Humble researches the ‘global citizenship’ phenomenon. Global citizenship is a combination of the themes of justice, equality, diversity, identity, belonging and sustainable development. Steve is interested in how children around the world perceive themselves as global citizens, and conducted his research with children in Ghana.

The children involved in the research overwhelmingly identified as global citizens, even though there was little GCE implemented in their school curriculum. Dr Humble’s research proves to us how important it is that we implemented global citizenship education into our school curriculums to help the fight for sustainable development.

Dr Steve Humble

One of the NGOs particularly involved in this week’s events is the Global Partnership for Education. The GPE and their partners push for the equal education of children across the world. Their efforts have allowed millions of children, especially girls, access to classrooms, teachers and materials across the world.

Between 2015 and 2018, there was an increase of 8% partner countries having quality learning assessment systems in place to evaluate the progress of children. The GPE has links with Ghana, where academics from Newcastle such as Dr Humble along with our very own intern, Elle, have conducted research and hope to improve the development of girls in the country.

More of Dr Humble’s inspiring work can be found here:

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