SDG 4 - Quality education
Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip locals with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.
Over 265 million children are currently out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Additionally, even the children who are attending schools are lacking basic skills in reading and math. In the past decade, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrollment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.
The reasons for lack of quality education are due to lack of adequately trained teachers, poor conditions of schools and equity issues related to opportunities provided to rural children. For quality education to be provided to the children of impoverished families, investment is needed in educational scholarships, teacher training workshops, school building and improvement of water and electricity access to schools.
Facts and Figures
- Enrolment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91 per cent but 57 million primary age children remain out of school.
- More than half of children that have not enrolled in school live in sub-Saharan Africa.
- An estimated 50 per cent of out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas.
- 617 million youth worldwide lack basic mathematics and literacy skills.
Space-based Technologies for SDG 4
Worldwide, significant challenges remain in access to, quality of and infrastructure for education. UNOOSA spreads knowledge and technical experience on space science and technology to make the benefits of space available to all countries. Through the six Regional Centres for Space Science and Technology Education affiliated with the UN, UNOOSA brings education and research opportunities to young people in developing countries. Read more here.
Water management in local communities led by women
When we think about geospatial technology, many of us imagine satellites for Earth observation and navigation, drones, and complex sensors used to collect information from the terrestrial surface. We also believe that most of the people capable of developing applications using geospatial data should hold a science-related Master or Ph.D. degree. The previous statement could not be further from the truth. Advances in technology have made access to geospatial technology possible for everybody.
Interview with Basuti Gerty Bolo Article
Interview with Basuti Gerty Bolo
Interview with Simonetta di Pippo
The impact of space-based internet communications constellations on water
Imagine a world where your internet is delivered not through cables or cell towers but a vast swarm of orbiting satellites. That world is a very different place. Political borders are no longer communication boundaries. Your phone works just as well in the US as it does in Nigeria and Australia and Cambodia. You can communicate with people on the other side of the planet near the physical limits of information transmission, unconstrained by slow cable networks.
Project / Mission / Initiative / Community Portal
Space-Enabled Modeling of the Niger River to Enhance Regional Water Resources Management Project / Mission / Initiative / Community Portal
Space-Enabled Modeling of the Niger River to Enhance Regional Water Resources Management
River and floodplain landscapes are constantly undergoing change due to natural and manmade processes putting pressure on fluvial systems, such as reservoirs, intensive agriculture, high-impact repetitive droughts and floods and the overall effects of climate change. All these bring about considerable changes, some of which irreversibly degrade ecosystem services, local economies and impact lives, particularly in sensitive transitional zones such as the Sahel region in Africa and its Niger River Basin (NRB).
ROORKEE WATER CONCLAVE Event
ROORKEE WATER CONCLAVE
The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and the National Institute of Hydrology Roorkee jointly decided to organize regular international conference every 2 years in the area of various facets of water to be known as Roorkee Water Conclave. The present water conclave is being organized broadly focusing on "Hydrological Aspects of Climate Change".
WATER FILM PRIZE & LET'S TALK ABOUT WATER FILM FESTIVAL
The Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan and the Let's Talk About Water Film and Water Symposia are proud to present the international Water Film Prize and Let's Talk About Water Film Festival, being held for the first time in Saskatoon, Canada from June 13 - 19, 2020.
Open Source CubeSat Workshop 2019
The aim of this workshop is to promote the open source philosophy for CubeSat missions and further. CubeSats are an ideal tool to explore news ways: let’s remove the barrier of confidentiality and secrecy, and start to freely share knowledge and information about how to build and operate CubeSats.
The workshop provides a forum for everyone interested in CubeSat development and operation to meet and join forces on open source projects to benefit from transparency, inclusivity, adaptability, collaboration and community.
Capacity Building and Training Material
The Potentials of Space Data Capacity Building and Training Material
The Potentials of Space Data
- Objective: The last webinar introduces the audience into the space-world of data. Questions will be answered:
- What is Space Data actually?
- Can Space Data be linked with the satellite industry?
- What is the impact of Space Data nowadays and what will it mean for in the future?
- Would Space Data be the new gold?
Examples or case-studies will strengthen this presentation even more.