Goal Four: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

Overview of some indicators

Participation rate in organized learning (one year before the official primary entry age)
Literacy rate
Proportion of teacher who have received at least the minimum organized teacher training

Education Strategy and Infrastructure 

The 10-year infrastructure plan for the Ministry of Education (2020-2030) looks to establish schools in various governorates of the Kingdom. Guided by innovative principles, the plan aims to digitally interconnect schools with a cutting-edge infrastructure suitable for the evolving demands of the 21st century. In March 2023, the Ministry of Education unveiled its Strategic Plan for 2023-2026, which aligns with the Government Plan (2023-2026) and the SDG 4 (Quality Education) targets. This strategic plan includes initiatives aimed at improving service levels and enhancing educational performance, all with the overall objective of closing the skills gap and boosting worker efficiency. The National Higher Education Strategy (2014–2024) is underway, led by the Higher Education Council (HEC), which aims to position Bahrain as a regional hub for quality higher education by equipping graduates with the skills, knowledge, and behaviors required to succeed in the global knowledge economy while contributing to the sustainable and competitive growth of Bahrain. The Strategy ensures that two percent of annual revenues by institutions are allocated to the career development of faculty members, while three percent are allocated to scientific research.

Digital Transformation 

EduNET; the current national e-learning platform was published in 2015. The platform, serving all government schools in Bahrain, aims to enhance education quality through e-learning, promoting student self-learning, replacing traditional materials with digital methods, and involving parents more in their children’s academic lives. This initiative enabled the education sector to continue seamlessly during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Goal One: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal Two: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal Three: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all age
Goal Four: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal Five: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal Six: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal Seven: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal Eight: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal Nine: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal Ten: Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal Eleven:  Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal Twelve:Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal Thirteen: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts[b]
Goal Fourteen: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal Fifteen: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal Sixteen: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal Seventeen: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
SDGs Bahrain

Page Last Updated: 25 July, 2023