Education is fundamental to achieve sustainable development. To positively impact all layers of societies, educational programmes should be adapted to all human environments and groups, as well as to the different sectors of the economy, including tourism. Education is key for tourism businesses and its workers as it can increase opportunities for career growth and development and provide the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the field. The tourism sector provides opportunities for direct and indirect jobs for vulnerable groups, in particular youth and women, who should benefit through educational means
There are seven targets within SDG 4 that are deemed to have a stronger and direct link for tourism to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. These targets have been selected to base the potential project indicators.
BY 2030, ENSURE EQUAL ACCESS FOR ALL WOMEN AND MEN TO AFFORDABLE AND QUALITY TECHNICAL, VOCATIONAL AND TERTIARY EDUCATION, INCLUDING UNIVERSITY.
Target 4.3 addresses the importance of equal access to affordable technical, vocational and higher education. It is imperative to reduce barriers to skills development and technical vocational training and to provide opportunities to everyone including youth and women. The provision of technical, vocational and tertiary education should be made progressively available and accessible. Tourism’s contribution to this target will help reduce barriers to skills development. Furthermore, having a well-trained and skilful workforce is essential for successful tourism businesses for tourism to prosper.
Potential indicators in this target are grouped by the following Theme and sub-theme
Legal frameworks, policies and rule of law / Tourism human resources policy
Legal frameworks, policies and rules / Tourism policies and strategies
Education and training / Capacity building