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Bridging CESA 16-25 and SDG 4: Using Regional Benchmarks to Meet Education Objectives

By Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and Daniel Capistrano, University College Dublin

25 January 2021

This International Day of Education, the impact of COVID-19 on education is top of mind and finding solutions to revitalize learning is a priority, now more than ever. The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is working with regional organizations and education partners to expand the global focus on benchmarking for the Sustainable Development Goals for education (SDG 4) so that regions and countries have more manageable, annual objectives.

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Using Household Surveys to Achieve the SDG 4 Objectives of Inclusivity and Equity

By Friedrich Huebler, Head of Education Standards and Methodology at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

18 January 2021

It is not enough to simply collect data. Data that are useful for monitoring progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education must be of high quality and comparable across countries. But collecting the data across a wide range of indicators has strained the data collection capacity of many Member States. At the same time, additional reporting needs brought on by COVID-19 have added further pressure to produce data as evidence for remedial action once schools fully re-open.

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Recently published

Social impact bonds to measure progress towards the global education goal

A joint collaboration between Luis Crouch at RTI International and Silvia Montoya, Director of UNESCO Institute for Statistics


Dear Colleagues,

In these trying times, when the world is facing an unprecedented crisis and everyday lives are drastically disrupted, I hope that you are staying safe and your families are well.

In recent weeks, it has become clear that we have to maintain solidarity to mitigate the impact of this global pandemic, which has far-reaching consequences that may also jeopardize the hard won gains we have made in improving global education. Another issue that has become painfully clear is the value of factual and trustworthy information to enable efficient decision-making and maintaining calm amidst the increasing tension. This information can and should be provided by statisticians, however, it is obvious that national statistical and other governmental offices have also been hit hard and are struggling to keep their activities afloat.

Acknowledging all the challenges, I wish to assure you - UIS partners and friends - that we are here for you as we continue our work to ensure that the most relevant and crucial information will be provided to decision-makers in 2020 and beyond. On 21 April, we are convening a virtual meeting of the Technical Cooperation Group on the Indicators for SDG 4 – Education 2030 (TCG) to discuss and agree on the ways forward. Following this, a series of regional virtual meetings will be offered to national and regional stakeholders in education statistics to share the TCG developments and listen to their concerns and needs in terms of support.

In the meantime, I invite you to read the e-Newsletter (Quarter 1 of 2020) outlining the recent UIS work on SDG 4 monitoring. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to me.


Silvia Montoya

Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics

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