Goal 4 - Quality education

Goal 4 - Quality education

Education is a basic human right. Researchers say that education is important to our sense of well-being and our ability to develop our world. Knowledge allows you to make the right decisions. For example, if you have learned something about goal 5, goal 10 or goal 16, which are about people’s equal value, then you can make a decision to ensure that you live up to these goals. For example, you can make sure that everyone can participate in playing football at recess, or get to be heard, both at home and in the classroom.

In Sweden, school is free of charge for all children, but that hasn't always been the case. There are still children in many countries who cannot go to school, or who aren’t allowed to. You have great opportunities to learn every day!

The challenge – Exchange knowledge with each other

A long time ago in Sweden, there lived a little boy named Christopher Polhem. More than anything in the world, Christopher wanted to go to school and learn new things. He got to go to school for a few years, but then he had to work instead. Christopher started making things and swapped them for lessons, so he could keep on learning. Christopher worked hard and learned so much that he grew up to become a famous inventor.

Christopher Polhem read books every night. When you read a lot, you learn to understand new words. Understanding what you’re reading is important for learning things. But keep in mind that not everything you read is true! If you hear or read about something that sounds too good to be true, it’s often just that – not true. If you have questions about what you read, talk to a grown-up about it!


  • Swap books with each other and share your knowledge! Look in your bookshelf – surely there are some books you have already read and can swap with a friend?
  • You can also talk to your teacher about starting a book-swapping day at your school. Then both kids and adults can bring books from home and swap them with each other.





Illustration. Two children are sitting in a school bench.

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