SDG 4, or Sustainable Development Goal 4, is one of the 17 global goals established by the United Nations to be achieved by 2030. SDG 4 is centered on “Quality Education” and seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable access to education for all, regardless of gender, age, or socioeconomic background. The goal aims to promote lifelong learning opportunities and enhance the quality of education worldwide. It includes targets such as increasing access to early childhood education, ensuring equal access to vocational and higher education, and eliminating disparities in literacy and numeracy. SDG 4 recognizes education as a fundamental driver of social and economic progress and a key factor in achieving other sustainable development goals.

Below is the information regarding international legislation Pakistan is a signatory to and where SDG 4 focused constitutional provisions can be found in the 1973 Constitution.

International Legislation

• Right to education [UDHR art. 26; ICESCR art. 13], [CRC arts. 28, 29]; [CRC art. 23(3), CRPD art. 24]; [UNDRIP art. 14]  Equal rights of women and girls in the field of education [CEDAW art. 10]  

• Right to work, including technical and vocational training [ICESCR art. 6]  International cooperation [UDHR art. 28; DRtD arts. 3-4], particularly in relation to children [CRC arts. 23(4), 28(3)], persons with disabilities [CRPD art. 32], and indigenous peoples [UNDRIP art. 39]

Constitution of Pakistan

• Article 22

• Article: 25A

• Article 37(a)(b)(c)(f)

• Article 38(d