The 2021 edition of the SDG 4 Data Digest, National SDG 4 Benchmarks: Fulfilling Our Neglected Commitment by the UIS and the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEMR) presents the idea behind benchmark setting in education and the steps taken since 2017 to fulfil this commitment, including the selection of SDG 4 benchmark indicators.

It also reviews what these benchmark values mean for the probability of achieving SDG 4 by 2030. The discussion serves as a stark reminder to all parties of the importance of setting national education targets and of properly financing them, particularly in the face of the difficulties brought upon the sector by COVID-19.

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Data digest: English
Summary: Español / Français / 中文 / русский / العربية
Press release: English / Español / Français / 中文 / Portuguese / русский
Social media pack: English / Español / Français / 中文 / русский
Global Education Observatory website: The observatory contains visualisations of nationally determined benchmarks that represent each country voluntary contribution to the global effort in achieving SDG 4 by the year 2030.