Education for All

Education for All

Urged by the love of Christ, we choose to express our mission through ministry directed toward education.

For us, education means enabling persons to reach the fullness of their potential as individuals created in God’s image and assisting them to direct their gifts toward building the earth.

(You Are Sent, Constitution 22)

The right to education for each and every person was clearly established in Article 26 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (508 Languages) and reaffirmed in the 1979 Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination against Women (English, Español) and the 1990 Convention on the Rights of the Child (English, Español).

The promise of education for all was repeated again when world leaders came together to make educational commitments to make the right to Education for All (English, Español) a reality for all.

Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education

SDG 4: Education. Graphics from Global Goals

The Targets

Despite the good intentions and significant efforts of many, too many girls and boys—and women and men—still lack access to quality education.

  • Less than one in five countries guarantee 12 years of free and compulsory education (page xvi)
  • In half of 148 countries, less than three-quarters of primary schools had access to drinking water (page xvi)
  • Globally, 86% of primary school teachers are trained, but the proportion is lower in Southern Asia (77%), the Caribbean (70%) and sub-Saharan Africa (62%). (page 242)
  • 19% of adults in mostly high income countries did not meet the minimum literacy level. In the United States, 29% of adults did not reach the minimum numeracy level. (page 200)
  • Only 66% of countries have achieved gender parity in primary education, 45% in lower secondary and 25% in upper secondary. (page xvi)

(Global Education Monitoring Report 2017/18Español,
summaries available in
German, Japanese)

We each have a responsibility to help meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Use the ten targets below to create action to ensure quality education.




Education 2030. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Spirit of Wisdom, open our eyes that we might see
the needs of your people longing to learn;
open our ears that we might hear the cry
of your people hungry for truth;
open our hearts that we might embrace
the yearning of your people thirsting for you.

Keep us faithful to the vision
of Blessed Theresa and Mother Caroline,
that we might understand anew
your Gospel call to transform the world. Amen.