In Colombia, the SDG Fund tried to improve integration of educational institutions in rural
areas through trainings, workshops and a water-themed contest.
In Mozambique, an SDG Fund joint programme is improving youth access to quality
professional training. Young women and men in remote areas are increasing their chance to
find job opportunities in the industries that often hire people from other parts of the country or
In Sri Lanka, school feeding policies have been revised and new guidelines have been produced
to improve the food quality of school canteens. Also the Ministry of Education and the
Ministry of Women and Child Affairs produces manuals, informative fliers and other technical
material about the subject.
In Afghanistan, a country which has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in
the world, Afghan Ministry of Public Health set up nursing school for women with the support
of the UNDP. The school is training a new generation of female healthcare workers and
according to WHO, around 40 percent of health facilities in Afghanistan are without female
staff, a significant problem in a country where community norms often mean that women are
not allowed to receive care from male health workers.
In 2017, UN devoted the International Day to better understanding the type of literacy required
in a digital world to build more inclusive, equitable and sustainable societies. As a part of that
year’s events, UNESCO awarded its annual Confucius Prize for Literacy to The Citizens
Foundation, a Pakistani literacy programme with an online platform for women and out-ofschool
Republic of Korea adapted a global education action agenda affirming the importance of
Sustainable Development Goal 4. The Gyeongju Action Plan provides concrete guidance for
NGOs around the world to enhance their ability to lobby governments to commitment to
implementing the SDGs and mobilize NGOs in communities on the ground.
In Tunisia, UNIC Tunis holds SDG-themed writing workshop for children who started off the
day by watching an introductory video on the SDGs and discussing how sustainable
development is relevant to them.
In the three states of northeast Nigeria, which are most affected from a big humanitarian crisis
UNICEF and partners have enrolled nearly 750,000 children in school this year, establishing
over 350 temporary learning spaces, and distributing almost 94,000 packs of learning material
that will help children to get an education. UNICEF is also working with partners to rehabilitate
schools and classrooms and training teachers. But UNICEF’s life-saving emergency
programmes in northeast Nigeria remain underfunded.