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Goal 4: Quality Education

Goal 1: No Poverty Goal 2: Zero Hunger Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being Goal 4: Quality Education Goal 5: Gender Equality Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy Goal 8: Decent Jobs and Economic Growth Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production Goal 13: Climate Action Goal 14: Life Below Water Goal 15: Life on Land Goal 16: Peace and Justice - Strong Institutions Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all



4.1    By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes

4.2    By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre‑primary education so that they are ready for primary education

4.3    By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university

4.4    By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

4.5    By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations

4.6    By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy

4.7    By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development

4.a    Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all

4.b    By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries

4.c    By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States


XLS National set of indicators for monitoring progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4

Indicator ID Indicator name Source Unit of measure 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
4.1.U.46 Completion rate (primary education, lower secondary education, upper secondary education), incl.: UN Global database %                  
4.1.U.46.1 Completion rate of primary education UN Global database % 100 98 99 99 98 99 99 -  
4.1.U.46.2 Completion rate of lower secondary education UN Global database % 97 96 97 96 95 95 98 -  
4.1.U.46.3 Completion rate of upper secondary education UN Global database % 88 87 86 88 84 85 87 -  
4.0.E.47 Early leavers from education and training  Eurostat (based on NSI data) % of the population aged 18 to 24 13.4 13.8 12.7 12.7 13.9 12.8 12.2# 10.5  
4.2.E.48 Pupils from age 5 to the starting age of compulsory education at primary level - % of the population of the corresponding age Eurostat % 93.2 92.0 88.0 85.2 85.8 85.5 84.9    
4.0.E.49 Proportion of the population aged 25-34 with completed tertiary education Eurostat (based on NSI data) % 31.8 32.8 33.4 34.0 32.7 33.0 33.6# 33.8  
4.0.E.50 Share of individuals having at least basic digital skills Eurostat (based on NSI data) %             31.18   35.52
4.0.E.51 Low achieving 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics or science: Eurostat %                  
4.0.E.51.1 Low achieving 15-year-olds in reading Eurostat % 41.5     47.1#       52.9  
4.0.E.51.2 Low achieving 15-year-olds in mathematics Eurostat % 42.1     44.4       53.6  
4.0.E.51.3 Low achieving 15-year-olds in science Eurostat % 37.9     46.5       48.0  
4.5.U.52 Adjusted gender parity index for completion rate UN Global database Ratio                  
4.5.U.52.1 Gender parity index for completion of primary education UN Global database Ratio 1.004 1 1.00997 1.0196 1.01454 1.00383 0.9852 -  
4.5.U.52.2 Gender parity index for completion of lower secondary education UN Global database Ratio 1.01448 0.97887 0.99208 0.98332 0.99757 1.01376 1.0061 -  
4.5.U.52.3 Gender parity index for completion of  upper secondary education UN Global database Ratio 1.02807 1.03412 0.96637 0.99465 1.04611 1.02448 1.00756 -  
4.0.E.53 Adult participation in learning in the past four weeks by sex Eurostat (based on NSI data) % 2.0 2.2 2.3 2.5 2.0 1.6 1.8# 1.7  

"#" break in time series
"-" no case registered


Country:  Bulgaria

Source:  United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs