Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
4.1. By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes.
Re-engagement of young people who have become disconnected from compulsory education e.g. NEETs.
4.4. 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.
The personal development of skills/ qualities such as Leadership, teamwork, discipline, resilience in addition to the technical and vocational skills that can be introduced/ enhanced during a voyage that can be returned back to off/ on shore-based employment - present or future. (The primary target market of most Sail Training operators is disadvantaged young people).
4.5. 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.
Eliminates gender differences on board as all tasks are conducted by all crew members regardless of gender stereotypes.
4.6. By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.
Onboard activities promote and encourage the use of literacy and numeracy, e.g. writing voyage blogs, assisting with passage planning, helming and compass usage, reading watch notice boards. Through cross -curricula links this can be enhanced.
4.7. 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 non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
This resonates with the core ethos of the Sail Training domain across all nations.
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
5.1. End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.
Women and girls are not discriminated against regarding any role/ task on board and are encouraged to participate/ contribute in a stereotypical male-dominated environment.
5.5. Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.
There are many role models at sea and ashore including Ship’s captains, Chief Officers, Engineers and Cooks, Business or Operations Managers/ Directors, Trustees, volunteer watch leaders, deckhands, galley assistants, engineer assistants. In some organisations, female leaders offshore outnumber male leaders. Many female volunteers also have successful shore-based careers across all public and private sectors.
Related to SDG 4.6.
Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
6.3. By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing the release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.
A vessel needs to adhere to international conventions such as MARPOL regarding wastewater management and sanitation on board. In addition, some vessels have onboard desalination systems to produce drinking water from seawater.
Young people are educated in sustainable water management and consumption, particularly on extended offshore passages as there can be a limited supply of water if desalination systems are not available. These principles can be adopted once back ashore.
6.4. By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity.
The lessons learnt by young people may encourage some to pursue STEM careers including water management programmes in developing countries.
6.7. By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies.
Responsible water management when in port, working with local authorities. In particular, as many ports are also located on river estuaries/ mouths.