The second edition of the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) presents the latest evidence on global progress towards the education targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
With hundreds of millions of people still not going to school, and many not achieving minimum skills at school, it is clear education systems are off track to achieve global goals. The marginalised currently bear the most consequences but also stand to benefit the most if policy-makers pay sufficient attention to their needs. Faced with these challenges, along with tight budgets and increased emphasis on results-oriented value for money, countries are searching for solutions. Increased accountability often tops the list.
The 2017/8 GEM Report shows the entire array of approaches to accountability in education. It ranges from countries unused to the concept, where violations of the right to education go unchallenged, to countries where accountability has become an end in itself instead of a means to inclusive, equitable and high-quality education and lifelong learning for all.
The report emphasises that education is a shared responsibility. While governments have primary responsibility, all actors – schools, teachers, parents, students, international organizations, private sector providers, civil society and the media – have a role in improving education systems. The report emphasises the importance of transparency and availability of information but urges caution in how data are used. It makes the case for avoiding accountability systems with a disproportionate focus on narrowly defined results and punitive sanctions. In an era of multiple accountability tools, the report provides clear evidence on those that are working and those that are not.
In the present report, the Special Rapporteur reviews the role of equity and inclusion in strengthening the right to education, in particular in the context of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The Special Rapporteur concludes by calling for states to take significant, positive actions to tackle discrimination, inequity and exclusion in education to ensure that the Sustainable Development Goals are met.
This youth report, based on findings and conclusions from the 2017/8 Global Education Monitoring report, asks how young people are involved in the process of accountability in education. As students, what are we responsible for in our education and how are we held accountable? How can we make sure other actors–like schools, universities and governments–are held accountable for their responsibilities? These are critical questions, because we know that there’s a long way to go before all young people around the world have access to a quality education:
absent teachers, overcrowded classrooms, illegitimate diplomas, unregulated private schools and truancy are all issues that education systems are struggling to overcome.
It’s sometimes tempting to say that these problems aren’t ours to fix, that the responsibility lies with the government or with an older generation. But this simply isn’t true: education is a shared responsibility, and young people have an important role to play. In this Report, you’ll hear the stories of young people around the world who have stood up for the right to education in their communities and who have been integral in triggering change. You’ll also read about how you can become involved in our campaign to make sure governments can be held to account for education. This means making sure that citizens can take their governments to court if they are not meeting their education responsibilities. From creating video clips to holding awareness-raising events, there is a range of ways to make your voice heard. Your involvement is integral in making sure the world is on the right path to meeting our education goals.
UNESCO’s 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report, Migration, displacement and education: Building bridges not walls, highlights countries’ achievements and shortcomings in ensuring the right of migrant and displaced children to benefit from a quality, inclusive education, a right that serves the interests of both learners and the communities they live in.
Read the report, here.
Dans le présent rapport, la Rapporteuse spéciale examine la situation des réfugiés s’agissant du droit à l’éducation, en particulier dans le contexte de la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable. De précédents titulaires du mandat ont traité la question plus vaste de l’éducation dans les situations d’urgence dans des rapports au Conseil des droits de l’homme (A/HRC/8/10) et à l’Assemblée générale (A/66/269). La Rapporteuse spéciale estime qu’il convient de poursuivre l’examen de la question dans le contexte actuel. Elle aborde les problèmes spécifiques rencontrés par les réfugiés dans leur recherche d’une éducation de qualité à tous les niveaux, examine certaines pratiques optimales et idées novatrices mises en place dans certains pays et fait des recommandations pour résoudre les problèmes dans ce domaine. Elle conclut en demandant aux États d’assurer l’accès des réfugiés à une éducation de qualité, sur un pied d’égalité, conformément à l’objectif de développement durable no °4, en intégrant ce principe dans leurs stratégies et plans nationaux.
En el presente informe, la Relatora Especial examina la situación de los refugiados en relación con el derecho a la educación, en particular en el contexto del logro de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible. Los informes sobre la cuestión más amplia de la educación en situaciones de emergencia fueron presentados al Consejo de Derechos Humanos (A/HRC/8/10) y a la Asamblea General (A/66/269) por titulares anteriores. La Relatora Especial considera importante dar seguimiento a la cuestión en el contexto actual. Se refiere a los obstáculos específicos que enfrentan los refugiados en la búsqueda de una educación de calidad en todos los niveles, señala algunas de las mejores prácticas e innovaciones implementadas en algunos países y propone recomendaciones para superar los problemas en esta esfera.
La Relatora Especial concluye haciendo un llamamiento a los Estados para que garanticen el acceso a una educación inclusiva de calidad para los refugiados en consonancia con el Objetivo 4 de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, integrándolo en sus planes y e strategias nacionales.
In 2018, 17.2 million people were internally displaced as a result of natural disasters (IDMC 2019). Just one year later, in 2019, 24.9 million people were displaced due to natural disasters and extreme weather events (IDMC 2020). The catastrophic effects of climate change are no longer isolated emergencies, but have become the new global norm- a reality that is only intensifying each year. Yet the literature regarding climate change has little to no information on the specific nexus between climate displaced and their right to education.
Persons displaced by the effects of climate change face significant vulnerabilities with regard to accessing education: saturated school capacity, destroyed infrastructure, linguistic barriers, difficulties to have past qualifications recognized, discrimination, and more. This is why UNESCO commenced a new initiative: the Impact of Climate Displacement on the Right to Education. This is explored throughout this working paper.
The Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE, by its Spanish acronym) is a pluralistic network of civil society organizations with a presence in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, which promotes social mobilization and political advocacy to defend the human right to education. This collection of articles, essays and statements reflect on the vital role of public education in the region and the fault lines exposed by the pandemic, considering both the challenges public education in Latin America faces and possible solutions, alternatives and ways forward.