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Gambia launches Global Education Monitoring report

Sep 20, 2016, 12:30 PM | Article By: Adam Jobe

The Gambia National Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) yesterday launched the Global Education Monitoring report at the Regional Education Directorate, Region 1, Kanifing.

The launching ceremony was to share with stakeholders the report’s findings and initiate discussions with the education and development community in The Gambia, and other stakeholders, of the central role of education in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Since 2002, UNESCO has been publishing evidence-based annual reports to monitor progress towards the education-related Millennium Development Goals.

Starting in 2016, a newly-mandated series of reports entitled the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) reports monitor the state of education within the new framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. 

The first report in the new series, the 2016 GEM Report, focuses on the theme of ‘Education for people and planet: Creating sustainable futures for all’.  The report discusses the trans-versality of education in the SDGs and beyond.

The theme of the 2016 report is ‘Education, sustainability and the post-2015 development agenda’.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Lily Neyestani Haile of the UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar, said the report is based on evidence in the education sector.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Ebrima Sisaho, said the 2016 report establishes a monitoring framework and discusses key financing challenges.

The report assesses post-2015 developments in governance, financing and inter-sectoral integration that have implications for research and policy in education.

PS Sisaho noted that the 2016 report focuses on the complex interrelationships between education and key development sectors.  It also determines which education strategies, policies and programmes are most effectively linked t