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Geography contributes to SDG4

As the curriculum subject that brings physical and human environment together, which considers the relationship between people and nature across spatial and temporal scales and which provides a strong ‘futures’ perspective, geography is uniquely positioned to promote both education for intercultural understanding and education for sustainable development.

These ideas lie at the heart of the GA’s response to the UK’s first review of progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In its response to the Department for Education’s call for evidence around SDG4 (Quality Education), the GA has set out geography’s distinctive contribution towards SDG4 and summarised the work of the Association to realise geography’s potential.

It has also analysed key challenges to progress in quality geography education at the global and national scales and suggested the means to overcome these.

GA Chief Executive Alan Kinder said,

“International collaboration between geography teachers is vital if we want our subject to help build intercultural understanding and education for sustainable development – both key aspects of SDG4. The GA is already working hard to realise this goal. The recent establishment of a GA Branch in Kampala, for example, helps bring Ugandan teachers into contact with UK-based geographers, while the GA’s Initiatives Fund, launched in 2018, can support geography educators from low income countries to make productive links with colleagues locally and internationally.”