Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
In 2000, the United Nations set out to achieve universal primary education within the following 15 years. While great strides have been made since then, much still needs to be done to make inaccessibility to education a thing of the past. The key to ensuring maximum impact across a diverse set of obstacles by 2030 is to take a new, radical approach in making universal primary education a reality. We live in the best time in history to leverage inexpensive, hi-tech solutions with a global network of experts committed to achieving accessible education. This is our mission at Dev4X.
Inaccessibility to education is a global problem. At the most recent World Education Forum on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Education, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated, “education is not a privilege but rather a birthright that secures human rights and fights violent extremism.” By developing an innovative mobile platform that teaches basic literacy and numeracy to even the most marginalized children, Dev4X is at the forefront of laying the foundation for the success of the SDGs by 2030. Ban Ki-moon continued by saying, “if all primary education age students in low-income countries learned basic reading skills, more than 170 million people could be lifted out of poverty.”
The long term and deep rooted benefits of education logically imply its necessity for sustainable development. UNESCO chief Irina Bokova has asserted, “accessible education ‘must stand at the heart’ of the new sustainable development agenda”. Dev4X recognizes this. Our field tests in rural eastern Africa, in addition to bridging different backgrounds and areas of expertise, facilitate the innovative approach necessary to tackle the wide-spread problem of inaccessibility to education.
We will never eradicate poverty without making education accessible for all. Food security, good health, gender equality, clean water, affordable clean energy, and the rest of the SDGs, will be nothing but abstract ideas without universal primary education.
There’s still a ways to go until universal primary education is achieved. Even with sustained effort by all parties involved, at our current pace we will only be able to affect noticeable change by 2086. But by recognizing the fundamental role education plays in accomplishing all SDGs by 2030 and combining modern technologies with tried and tested methods, we plan to make a world of difference and reach 1 billion children by 2025.