Bridge 47 have released a publication on 'Resources For SDG Target 4.7', written by Sandra Oliveira.


There is an urgent need to invest in quality and transformative education for all in order to work towards a sustainable future. This paper analyses the type and scope of the resources required for this, as well as pointing out the gaps and putting forward recommendations for policy makers.

Halfway through the implementation period, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are still not considered a priority at a political level or amongst the general public, neither globally nor at an EU level. Even in the context of such fragmentation, as well as missed opportunities for building momentum for SDG Target 4.7 in the post-COVID 19 recovery plans, there are nevertheless large numbers of resources available and ready to support a more holistic, transformative form of learning.

But what are the existing gaps in resources for SDG Target 4.7 and how can they be addressed? While dedicated and adequate financial funding is important, resources need to be seen more broadly, to include time, human resources, tools, appropriate technology and the development of relevant capacities for achieving Target 4.7.

Public policies across sectors need to embody a holistic perspective, built on dialogue and cooperation, and coherent in their quest for sustainable development. This requires a change from business and work ethics into a ‘life ethics’, moving away from “current models of edu- cation, based on preparing individuals to seek personal fulfilment and participation in a global economy, toward education that prepares people who are able to live together with a view of sustaining life on the planet” (Shultz & Elfert, 2018:17).

This publication is part of a series of publications commissioned to support advocacy for more space for Target 4.7 and Agenda 2030 in European and global policies. The publications are created to encourage discussion and represent the author’s view on the topic.