SDG 4: Quality education

Most people around the world can relate to the desire for their child to go to school, or understand the importance of education. Education-focussed stories can often be some of the most powerful. Plus, there is the added benefit that children love to see their photos — and we love to show them!

According to data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 263 million children and youth are out of school. Access to high-quality education is important for every child, and documenting these stories can be very rewarding. When covering the theme of this sustainable development goal, it is important to focus on the positive reactions from the children in school, capturing their smiling faces and engaged minds in action.


SDG 4: Quality education
Jenny, 6, writes in her book during a maths lesson at Escuela Matacuane in Beira, Mozambique (photo: Eden Sparke / Arete)

Statistics on children out of school should be used to illustrate the problem, portraying education as the solution. As investigative journalists, we must cast a wider net when documenting the theme of education and be conscious of the context. It is important to be aware of the role of the government, local culture, and social context.

Our photojournalists at Arete have a vast amount of experience in this area, working with organisations like UNICEF, UNESCO, Adeso and Team Rubicon UK. At Arete we tell stories that make a difference, through our work with UNICEF, UNESCO and others we hope to help realise equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

In the run up to the first UN summit on the SDGs on 24th and 25th September, we have been publishing a daily blog on how we help organisations to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Check out our blogs here.