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

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


This overview addresses sport’s role and potential in relation to the fourth Sustainable Development Goal. It outlines the contribution of sport to ensure inclusive and quality education for all, as well as to promote lifelong learning. The overview aims at informing, inspiring, encouraging and supporting sport’s contributions to the SDGs by football clubs, foundations, community trusts, football associations and leagues.  

  • The right to education and equal rights of women and girls in the field of education form the basis of this goal. Inclusive sport activities have long been used to foster education and have therefore been identified as a tool to advance those rights. Sport can encourage inclusion and the equal participation of women and girls, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable or underrepresented groups and individuals.
  • Stakeholders in sport and education can cooperate to promote tolerance, diversity and non-discrimination in school programmes.
  • Joint programmes with schools offer additional and alternative physical education and physical activities to support the full learning process and deliver holistic education.
  • Sport can improve learning outcomes by fostering academic performance and achievement, leadership abilities, and concentration and focus capabilities. Sport-based programmes offer education opportunities and life skills to be used beyond school including the workplace.
  • Sport, physical education, physical activity and play can motivate children and youth to attend school and engage with formal and informal education. Sport programmes for girls, including in refugee camps, can be used as an incentive to stay in school.
  • Sport can raise awareness about sustainability through designing sustainable educational curriculums and greening schools and universities.

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