Despite global efforts to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, “ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and providing lifelong learning opportunities for all,” more than 260 million young people between the ages of 6 and 17 remain out of school. In addition, many children who attend school continue to be excluded from effective learning opportunities.
What can be done to help bring quality education to all? To offer guidance to member states, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently published A Guide for Ensuring Inclusion and Equity in Education. Designed to help countries review and improve efforts to provide equitable and inclusive education for all learners, the guide proposes a framework that allows countries to assess their efforts based on four key dimensions: concepts, policy statements, structures and systems, and practices.