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SDG 4: Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Obtaining a quality education strengthens a range of fundamental development drivers. SDG 4 seeks inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all. EUC researchers and educators are working across diverse institutions to support accessible education, experiential learning and curriculum that prioritizes justice and sustainability.

Geopolitical framings of subalterity in education

The research of Ranu Basu examines state-based education in the urban public spheres of Canada, Cuba and India. Long regarded as a crucial tool for decreasing inequality, increasing economic mobility, and campaigning for social justice, state-funded public education has long-term transformative impacts on the evolution of the public realm. Her research links education to the geopolitics and urban geographies of migration and displacement.

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Impact of online learning on education

This research on teen girls' online dating relationships during COVID-19, by Sarah Flicker and former EUC postdoc Alanna Goldstein, has revealed that school closures and physical distancing restrictions heightened the already integral role new media and online platforms play in young people’s dating, sexual, romantic, and platonic relationships. The results from this study suggest the need for parents, educators, and policymakers to prioritize young people’s in-person relationships, through ensuring access to in-person schooling, extra-curriculars, and other social and community support.

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