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New UNESCO Report Examines Accountability in Education


UNESCO’s 2017/2018 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, released October 24, highlights the responsibility of governments to provide universal quality education and stresses that accountability is vital in achieving this goal. “Education is a shared responsibility between us all—governments, schools, teachers, parents and private actors,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

Accountability in education: meeting our commitments is the second in the GEM Report series, which monitors progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” The current report examines the different ways people and institutions can be held accountable for reaching that goal. These ways of ensuring accountability include regulations, testing, monitoring, audits, media scrutiny and grass roots movements.

On October 27, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) held a launch event for the report in Washington, DC. Speakers included: Manos Antoninis, Director, Global Education Monitoring Report; Sarah Beardmore, Global Partnership for Education; Jonathan Fox, American University; and Katie Malouf Bous, Oxfam International. Jeff Thindwa of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability moderated.

For further details about the new GEM report, visit this webpage, which includes highlights, tables, a press release and a link to the full report.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017