Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Sri Lanka has benefited from a long-standing free education policy, high rates of primary school enrollment, gender parity at the primary education level, and a high literacy rate, comparing it favourably to other countries in the region on education indicators. However, its progress on other indicators merits attention: Sri Lanka's gross enrollment ratio in tertiary education is below the regional average and the lowest among all middle-income countries; further, the country suffers from one of the highest rates of brain drain in the region.
4.1By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes
4.5By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
4.7By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
4.bBy 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries
4.cBy 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States