Bridging the African Education Strategy to SDG 4

The UIS has partnered with the African Union in bringing the African continental education strategy, CESA 16-25, to the SDG 4 targets.

The African Union has been tasked with the Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want., a concrete manifestation of how the African continent intends on achieving the Pan African Vision of An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena within a 50-year period, from 2013 to 2063. UNESCO’s regional bureaus of Dakar and Nairobi, and the SDG4-Education 2030 Regional Coordination Group for West and Central Africa are paving the way forward for SDG 4 in the region.

To fulfil its promise to enable African citizens to be "an effective change agent for the continent's sustainable development" as intended by the African Union in the Agenda 2063, the African Union Commission (AUC) has elaborated the comprehensive 10-year Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25).

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To meet the need for setting up meaningful benchmarks for SDG 4 and CESA 16-25 indicators, to which all the countries in the region would commit, the UIS together with the African Union Commission via its Pan African Institute of Education for Development (IPED) conducted several consultations with Member States.

The outcomes of this collaborative work are presented in the Summary Report of Africa Regional Technical Consultations on Regional Benchmarks for SDG 4 and CESA 16-25.


Benchmarks for SDG 4 Indicators: Methodological note

Benchmarks for SDG 4 Indicators: A Political and Technical Basis for Discussion

Establishing Regional Benchmarks for SDG4 and the Agenda 2063, a discussion paper


Continental Overview: Bridging CESA and SDG4 in Africa

Education Baseline in Africa: Expanding the coverage of CESA indicators


Other initiatives of UIS in Africa