Target 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
Providing access to education has been the focus of our past efforts. In 2015, governments and international education communities agreed to step it up by ensuring that children not only enter education, but progress through all stages, complete their education, and acquire the needed basic skills in reading and mathematics. To make sure that our children are successful and responsible citizens, making compulsory and free quality education available is essential. The target reminds us of the criticality of simultaneously ensuring continued expansion of access and participation, and guaranteeing the quality of education. We cannot promote one at the cost of the other.