The goal of Connect To is to provide access to quality education for those most in need, especially for girls. Students without even a basic education have diminished economic `opportunities and are more vulnerable to poor health, early and forced marriage and other forms of violence. Quality education prepares young people–girls and boys alike–for economic and personal empowerment and can have a dramatic effect on national economies.
Connect to Learn is evidence of Ericsson’s commitment in addressing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4: Ensuring an inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Education key to reach many SDGs A focus on girls’ education is particularly important for tackling SDG 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” Each additional year of schooling beyond primary offers greater payoffs for improved opportunities, options and outcomes for girls and women, including their health and those of their families. Education is therefore intrinsically linked to SDG 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages), and, since it is critical to building peaceful, inclusive societies, it also has positive impacts on SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) and SDG 16 (peace and justice and strong institutions). Innovative solutions driven by all sectors of society will be essential to reaching the “inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” set out in SDG 4.