Working together for the future of all children


258 million children worldwide have no access to an education


Our goal is to enable as many children and young adults as possible to receive an education, thus empowering them to enjoy a life of self-determination in freedom.

After all, education is a fundamental human right. Only by receiving an education does it become possible for people to build independent and self-sufficient communities and break the vicious circle of poverty.

The United Nations 2030 Education Agenda

The 2030 Agenda of the United Nations describes education as a force for sustainable development, peace and prosperity.

Number 4 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defines education as a prerequisite for overcoming global poverty and promoting peaceful coexistence. Why? Because education empowers people to improve their political, social and economic situation.

All participating countries should implement measures to realise these goals by 2030. At the same time, it is important to support disadvantaged members of society and countries. For the overarching goal of ensuring the right to quality education, among other things the United Nations defines free access to primary, secondary and tertiary education in the form of training and lifelong learning opportunities.


“Every day, our work at the PATRIZIA Foundation involves achieving the sustainable development goals. Our main area of focus lies in Goal 4 – quality education.”

Angelika Jacobi

Chairwoman of the Foundation Board

Our contribution to SDG 4

The work carried out by the PATRIZIA Foundation contributes to the achievement of SDG 4. By offering access to medical and dormitory facilities, children and young people are provided the infrastructure required to safeguard their health and well-being as they undergo their journey through the world of education. In addition, we provide direct access to education by building schools and training centres.
As an overarching goal, SDG 4 covers a number of targets aimed at ensuring quality education worldwide. The projects carried out by the PATRIZIA Foundation make it possible to meet many of these targets.

Target 4.1

Free primary and secondary education

By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes. At PATRIZIA School Syangeni in Kenya, the foundation offers access to elementary education for children of a primary school age; at PATRIZIA School Harare in Zimbabwe and PATRIZIA School Buyamba in Uganda, an education is offered to children between the ages of five and fourteen, thus covering primary and secondary education. PATRIZIA School Dhoksan also offers lessons for years 1 to 5 and in Songea a new school is currently under construction. PATRIZIA School Dhoksan also offers lessons for years 1 to 5 and in Songea a new school is currently under construction.


Target 4.6

Universal literacy and numeracy

By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy


Target 4.2

Equal access to quality pre-primary education


By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education

At PATRIZIA Child Care Western Cape in South Africa and PATRIZIA Child Care Augsburg, care is provided to children between the ages of three and five, also promoting nursery-level development.


Target 4.7

Education for sustainable development and global citizenship


By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and nonviolence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

Target 4.3

Equal access to affordable technical, vocational and higher education


By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.

PATRIZIA Vocational Training Center Alego in Kenya and PATRIZIA Vocational Training Center Ntarama in Rwanda offer a wide range of practical vocational training, aimed both at adolescents and young adults.


Target 4.A

Build and upgrade inclusive and safe schools


Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.

At PATRIZIA Child Therapy Augsburg, the PATRIZIA Foundation is dedicated to the inclusion of children who are often also disadvantaged in education due to disabilities.


Target 4.4

Increase the number of people with relevant skills for financial success


By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.


Target 4.B

Expand higher education scholarships for developing countries


By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications. technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries.

Target 4.5

Eliminate all discrimination in education


By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.

At PATRIZIA Child Care Porayar in India, girls aged 5 to 17 are offered a safe environment to learn in. In Tanzania, PATRIZIA Child Care Songea provides a safe home to orphaned and neglected children. In India, PATRIZIA Child Care Govindpur offers children an education based on progressive education principles.


Target 4.C

Increase the supply of qualified teachers in developing countries


By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States.

CSR partners: improving education together

Join forces with the PATRIZIA Foundation by becoming an official CSR Partner, giving you social responsibility for education projects and allowing you to offer children and young people worldwide an important chance to enjoy equal opportunities. Our projects are an important tool in creating education infrastructure and building long-term, self-reliant communities. We will help you identify the ideal CSR project for your company. You will also enjoy the full benefit of comprehensive CSR communication.

More than just an education

Quality education lays an important foundation for sustainable development. As well as improving the quality of life, having access to inclusive education helps equip people with the tools they need to come up with inventive solutions to the biggest problems faced in this world.



The Covid-19 pandemic has been a setback in achieving the SDG 4 targets. We introduced our relief fund to provide emergency aid and inject money into our projects to help compensate for the negative impacts of the pandemic. As well as providing children and their families with food, the fund has made it possible to continue paying staff at our facilities and provide teaching materials so that children still receive an education, despite lockdown restrictions. Money from the fund has also been used to meet local coronavirus requirements, for example by setting up disinfection facilities or other hygiene measures. At a number of our facilities this has enabled staff to resume teaching.

Information and further links

The website of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Developmentshows the commitment made by the German government to SDG 4.

Specific indicators have been defined for each individual target. For further information, click here.

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) also shows which education services help achieve UN goals.

Many SDG 4 details can be found in this report by the UNESCO Commission.