The UIS Launches 2018 Education Survey

The 2018 Survey of Formal Education covers key data for the school year ending in 2017 required for the monitoring of international and national education goals.

Following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is working closely with Member States and partners to develop new indicators, statistical approaches and monitoring tools to better assess progress towards the SDG 4 education targets while making every effort to minimise the reporting burden on countries.

The Status of Women’s Work in the Culture Sector

In most countries, more women than men are employed in the cultural sector but they need to supplement with more than one job, according to a new fact sheet published by the UIS. Entitled “Precarious Situation for Women Working in the Field of Culture”, the report presents data to help monitor Sustainable Development Goal 8 (SDG 8), which calls for decent work and equal pay.

Pilot Survey on Heritage Statistics Launched to Monitor Progress Towards SDGs

The UIS has launched a pilot survey on heritage statistics to collect information on Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11), Target 11.4.1, which measures how much countries spend on the preservation, protection and conservation of all cultural and natural heritage. The aim is to test the proposed data collection instrument and gain more country-level information. Representing all regions of the world, 14 countries are participating in the pilot survey exercise.

New Study on SDG Target 4.1 and National Assessment Frameworks for Mathematics

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the UNESCO International Bureau of Education are working together to support national strategies for measuring learning and to enable international reporting on SDG 4.1 within the Education 2030 Framework for Action. Together, they analysed 115 national assessment frameworks, from 53 Member States, using a new coding scheme of mathematical content domains and sub-categories, with the aim of finding ways to link different assessment results and to report them in a globally-comparable way.

Global Consultation on How to Define Scientific and Technological Services

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has launched a global consultation on a set of key definitions used in “UNESCO’s Recommendation Concerning the International Standardization of Statistics on Science and Technology”. By updating these definitions, the UIS is seeking to improve the accuracy, reliability and comparability of international data on science and technology (S&T).

The Teacher’s Waking Nightmare

You did well at school and at college. You studied hard and made great sacrifices to qualify as a teacher – determined to help the next generation reach their full potential. But now you’re standing in a poorly-equipped classroom in front of 50 children aged from 6 to 11 years old. You have a few textbooks that are falling apart, only a handful of pens and pencils, a few scraps of paper, and no chalk for the chalkboard painted on the crumbling wall behind you. And your pupils are looking at you expectantly, ready for you to teach them everything that they need to know.