10th meeting of the TCG

The 10th meeting of the TCG was held virtually on 11 December 2023. It focused on the first session of the Conference on Education Data and Statistics (Paris, 7 - 9 February 2024).

The objectives of TCG 10 are to:
  • update participants on the preparations for the Conference, including nominations of delegates by Member States and side events discuss the position papers and finalize them prior to the Conference present the findings and conclusions of the preparatory regional meetings that helped
  • identify regional priorities and concerns discuss TCG organization, including rotation of members and define agenda forward.

The TCG 10 meeting was preceded by the Global Alliance to Monitor Learning (GAML) meeting held in-person on 6 and 7 December 2023 (see concept note).

The focus of the 2023 GAML meeting was on SDG indicator 4.1.1, the global indicator measuring learning outcomes. The meeting presented the main challenges associated with producing reliable and internationally comparable learning outcomes data, while highlighting the significant developments made and lessons learned, and setting an agenda for the way forward. Apart from GAML, no other working group met ahead of TCG10 this year.

Country profiles

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics produced SDG4 country profiles including the diagram of the national education system, school age population by education level, available data and trends for education indicators from 2010 to 2022, and national benchmarks for 2025 and 2030.

Click here to download country profiles.

These country profiles may also be downloaded in the SDG4 Data Browser.

SDG 4 Scorecard progress report on national benchmarks: focus on teachers

This second edition of the SDG 4 Scorecard was launched during the first session of the Conference on Education Data and Statistics. It demonstrates the efforts that countries have been making since 2015 towards achieving their 2025 and 2030 national benchmarks – their targets, which represent their intended contributions to the achievement of SDG 4, the global education goal.

While the SDG Summit showed that progress towards all global education targets was well off track, the 2024 SDG 4 Scorecard produced by the UIS in partnership with the GEM Report shows that progress towards national targets is also insufficient. Countries are making good progress in connecting schools to the internet and in raising teacher qualifications, but progress on the six other benchmark indicators is not on course. For instance, two thirds of countries with data have made no or slow progress towards their upper secondary completion rate targets since 2015. Countries are even moving backwards on closing gender gaps in upper secondary completion and on public expenditure on education.

Download the scorecard (English)



The SDG 4 Scorecard for Africa is a brochure that presents a summary of the findings from the second global assessment of country progress towards benchmarks since 2015. It reviews the probability that each country will achieve its 2025 benchmark or – where such a benchmark was not set – the value they would have achieved if they had progressed at the historic (2000–15) rate of the fastest improving 25% of countries.

Download the Africa scorecard (English)



Bridging the Global SDG 4 Framework with Regional Frameworks

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics published a series of regional reports to bridge the global SDG 4 framework with regional education monitoring frameworks and developed a dashboard to show the correspondence between global and regional goals, targets, and indicators.

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A note on Foundational Learning

Foundational Learning is defined as basic literacy, numeracy, and transferable skills such as socioemotional skills that provide the fundamental building blocks for all other learning, knowledge, and higher-order skills.

The Global Coalition for Foundational Learning was founded in 2022 to bring together partners with a shared commitment to improving foundational learning for all and a desire to work together to drive change more quickly. Read more in this document.