2018 R&D Survey Launch

As part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), countries have pledged to “build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. In particular, SDG Target 9.5 calls upon them to encourage innovation and substantially increase the number of researchers, as well as public and private spending on R&D.

Helping Countries Make the Most of their Education Investments with the Global Content Framework of Reference for Reading

On Saturday, the world celebrated International Literacy Day. And indeed there was much to celebrate, with literacy rates continuing to rise from one generation to the next, remarkable progress on literacy among youth, in particular, and a steady narrowing of gender gaps. Half a century ago, almost one quarter of youth worldwide lacked the most basic literacy skills, falling to less than 10% in 2016.

Meet the SDG 4 Data: Promoting Sustainable Development

SDG 4 indicator 4.7.1 reflects the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development

So far, this series of blogs on the data needed to monitor progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on education has focused predominantly on indicators that explore educational outcomes and achievements for individuals, and the components that must be in place to ensure a quality education for all.  But when we come to Target 7, we see a marked shift in perspective.

Meet the SDG 4 Data: Measuring Youth and Adult Literacy and Numeracy

SDG 4 indicator 4.6.1 shows the proportion of youth and adults with functional literacy and numeracy skills

Taken together, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a ‘recipe’ for countries to be productive and prosperous, resulting in populations that are well-educated and well-equipped for employment in the 21st century.

The Learning Crisis is Causing a Skills Crisis. Here’s Why

Skill development is a critical part of preparing for work in the future – even for jobs that do not yet exist. It goes without saying that a child who cannot read, write or perform at least simple mathematics with proficiency will be poorly equipped as an adult to excel in the technology-driven industries of the future.