This brief is part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC hopes to raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way, and encourage continued support for their efforts. This brief in the series focuses on SDG 4 – ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all
As member-owned, value-driven enterprises, cooperatives have always put education at the core of
their guiding principles. Education, training, and information is one of the seven cooperative principles adopted by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). Cooperatives directly provide or facilitate access to education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and workers, as well as the members of larger communities so they can contribute effectively to the development of the cooper- atives and communities. These can range from affordable early childhood care and education (ECCE) and primary and secondary education for members’ children; technical, vocational and tertiary education for youth; and skills training for youth and adults. In many countries, cooperatives of people in the vulner- able groups such as persons with disabilities, migrants and refugees, and indigenous and tribal peoples have been instrumental in providing them with literacy training and employment or life skills training and promoting inclusive and equitable education.