The UIS will be contributing to discussions on helping countries in Africa to collect more and better data on Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) during the Pan-African High-Level Conference on Education (PACE 2018), taking place in Nairobi from 25-27 April 2018.

Building on work previously done in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States, PACE 2018 aims to strengthen partnerships in education to accelerate the implementation of SDG 4 and CESA 16-25 at country level. It will take stock of progress made, provide a forum for knowledge-sharing and develop recommendations for an education and skills revolution in Africa.


UIS presentations will focus on recent education data initiatives in the region and address challenges in collecting national and international statistics to measure progress towards SDG 4. Lessons learned to date from UNESCO’s CapEd Programme will be shared to develop National Strategies for the Development of Education Statistics (NSDES), Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) and National Education Accounts (NEAs) in more countries.

Discussions will also focus on the high number of children out of school in Africa, learning outcomes of the next generation and equity in education. To contribute, the UIS will be presenting its latest findings in the following panels:

Inclusion and gender equality (25 April, morning session)
UIS presentation: Out-of-school children, adolescents and youth: Status and trends in Africa.

Teaching and learning (25 April, afternoon session)
UIS and PASEC/CONFEMEN presentation: Impact of early learning attendance on learning outcomes

Strengthening coordination partnerships and monitoring at regional and continental levels (26 April, afternoon session)
UIS and African Union presentation:  Articulating SDG 4 and the Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025 (CESA) – Coordination, monitoring and reporting