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SDG 4: Quality education

Since 2000, there has been enormous progress in achieving the target of universal primary education. The total enrollment rate in developing regions reached 91 percent in 2015, and the worldwide number of children out of school has dropped by almost half. There has also been a dramatic increase in literacy rates, and many more girls are in school than ever before. These are all remarkable successes.
Progress has also been tough in some developing regions due to high levels of poverty, armed conflicts and other emergencies. In Western Asia and North Africa, ongoing armed conflict has seen an increase in the number of children out of school. This is a worrying trend. While Sub-Saharan Africa made the greatest progress in primary school enrollment among all developing regions – from 52 percent in 1990, up to 78 percent in 2012 – large disparities still remain. Children from the poorest households are up to four times more likely to be out of school than those of the richest households. Disparities between rural and urban areas also remain high.
Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. This goal ensures that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030. It also aims to provide equal access to affordable vocational training, to eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to a quality higher education. (UNDP, 2015)

Companies that are achieving this are:


Industry: Leisure products
Headquartered in: US

1. Donated 1.2 million LEGO sets to through Build to Give, a program that donates sets to children-in-need (children in hospitals or in vulnerable situations). 2. Set up a programme ‘Prescription for Play’ for healthcare providers in the United States seeing 18- to 24-month-old patients. Families that receive a prescription to play will get a LEGO® DUPLO ® box containing a variety of animals, encouraging parents to spend time playing with their children. 3. In collaboration with the LEGO Foundation, LEGO gave financial grants to charity partners in their local communities to help them reach crisis-affected children with vital supplies and opportunities to learn through play to support their well-being and the development of essential life skills.

Abbott Laboratories (ABT:NYSE)

Abbott and the Abbott Fund leveraged employee expertise to deliver engaging educational programs in STEM in over 700 schools and community partnerships reaching more than 280,000 kids.

Industry:Medical devices
Headquartered in: US

Eli Lilly (LLY:NYSE)

Industry: Pharmaceuticals 
Headquartered in: US

Eli Lilly is committed to improving educational opportunities for children living in underserved communities in Indianapolis, where it is headquartered. The Lilly Foundation focuses on early childhood education, supporting quality schools and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

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