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Mission Possible: Utilize technology to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal

By Janice Nsunzu posted Mon December 06, 2021 12:40 PM

The 17 UN Sustainable development goals no doubt has a direct impact on a large number of people across the globe. We know that 70% of people globally experience inequality, about 9.2% of the world live in extreme poverty, and 14% of the world population is illiterate (i.e 775 million people who cannot read/write). Surely this emphasizes the urgency of implementing the SDGs in all parts of the earth. The aim is to end poverty, hunger, AIDS, and discrimination against women and girls, and have education accessible to all.
Goal 5 gender inequality and Goal 4 quality education has not been achieved in many parts of the earth. There are still a great number of girls and women who are denied access to education and are unfairly treated in the work environment. This goal should be achieved at all costs because the majority of the world's population is made up of females. However, the female labor force participation rate sits at 57.4 %.  This means there is still 43% who are not active members of the workforce and remains limited when taking part in economic activities (production, consumption and exchange). Imagine if the 43% can get a quality education. These figures will change for the better. The world's economy will get boosted. Thus decreasing unemployment, increasing countries GDP, increasing money supply and ultimately lowering poverty rates (Goal  1). 

Technology can play a huge role in making these improvements. Quality education can begin by teaching technical skills. Such as online trading,  End User Computing, Software development(mobile & web development) and data entry skills. Learning important technical skills coupled with trade skills is a great way of using technology to achieve SDG 4 and 5.