Upcoming Meetings of the Global Alliance to Monitor Learning and the Technical Cooperation Group on the Indicators for SDG 4 – Education 2030

As the official data source for SDG 4, the UIS is working with countries and partners to build consensus around the measurement agenda, while developing the indicators, standards and tools needed to monitor progress and help countries improve the quality and use of their data in the pursuit of their development goals.

The UIS is bringing together stakeholders from across the international education community through two flagship initiatives that will be meeting in September.

Data to Fuel an Education Revolution: Countries Answer the Funding Call

It is time for all donor countries to invest more heavily in education data. This matters because we can’t solve a problem we don’t understand. And it is only too clear that we have some big problems that must be solved right away, with 617 million children and adolescents who are not reaching even minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, and 262 million children – one in every five –  who are out of school and half of whom are girls.

SDG 4: Making Human Rights Count

There is increasing recognition that datarelevant and reliable dataare central to achieving Agenda 2030 and advancing the realisation of human rights. We need data to inform laws and policies, improve decision-making, ensure sufficient resource allocation, monitor progress and identify gaps, and ensure accountability. However, more data alone will not do the job. We need more of the right kinds of data collected in the right kinds of ways.

New Projections Show the World is Off Track in Meeting its Education Commitments by 2030

One-third of the way to the 2030 deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals, new projections prepared by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEMR) for the UN High-level Political Forum show that the world will fail its education commitments without a rapid acceleration of progress. In 2030, when all children should be in school, one in six aged around 6-17 will still be excluded.

We Need More and Better Data on Education

38 organizations issue a collective call to fund education data that will allow the world to reach Sustainable Development Goal 4

Back in February, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and its partners sent out an urgent call to make the case for education data. Now we have an opportunity to make that case – loudly and clearly – directly to policy-makers.

Launch of the 2019 UNESCO-OECD-Eurostat Data Collection on Education

The UOE questionnaires collect data on formal education, including personnel, enrolment, graduates, source of funds, demographic data and class size.

Results of the survey will be released in 2020 via the UIS database. A timely response to the survey is essential to produce high-quality, comparable data, which are used to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and included in major international reports.

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