With Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4), the international community has pledged to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong opportunities learning opportunities for all.”

SDG 4 and the Education 2030 Framework for Action depend on tremendous commitment by everyone involved – from governments, donors and international organizations to civil society organizations, school authorities, teachers, students and their families.

To help transform the goal into reality, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has been given the mandate to produce the data needed to monitor progress and better target policies and resources to the people needing them most. Clearly, no single organization can produce all of the indicators related to Education 2030. So the UIS is working in close consultation with partners to develop the standards and methodologies to produce a new generation of education data with a specific focus on learning. 

This eAtlas presents the global and thematic indicators identified by the international community to monitor each of the SDG 4 targets. It will be regularly updated as new information becomes available. For example, five of the targets involve the measurement of learning. Yet there is currently no agreed-upon framework to produce internationally-comparable indicators in this field. The UIS is launching several initiatives to bridge this gap while providing ‘placeholder’ or temporary indicators to shed light on the issues in the interim. Some of these placeholders are based on different sources of information and therefore cannot be compared across countries.


Contributing Partners

UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO Institute for Statistics
Multilateral Organization
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is the official and trusted source of internationally-comparable data on education, science, culture and communication. As the official statistical agency of UNESCO, the UIS produces a wide range of indicators in UNESCO’s fields of action by working with national statistical offices, line ministries and other statistical organizations.

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