SDG4: Quality Education
We believe that it is desirable and possible to reduce inequality globally. We believe a just education starts in your mother tongue.
We believe that targeting a just education for all is a multi-generational effort that will help to transform discussions around the benefits of cultural, linguistic and ecological diversity. We believe mother tongue education is a requirement for a better world.
Leave no One Behind: No Quality Education without Mother Tongue Education
With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), nations worldwide are committed to ensure that by 2030 quality education will be available to all boys and girls.
UNESCO, the international agency on education and science warned that without mother tongue based multilingual education, it will be impossible to achieve Goal 4 on quality education. And because of the importance of education, without goal 4, none of the other 16 goals can be met. Download the UNESCO brochure.
- The Rutu Foundation contributed to the Netherlands first report on the SDGs (in Dutch only): Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Netherlands. Contribution by the Rutu Foundation (2017).
- The Language Friendly School is an international commitment to children. The aim is (1) to provide all children with access to a language friendly-learning environment and (2) to ensure that no child is punished for speaking their home languages at school by 2030, the deadline of the Sustainable Development Goals.