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UNESCO, Education ministry to launch 2015/16 global education monitoring report

Sep 15, 2016, 10:38 AM | Article By: Abdoulie Nyockeh

The Gambia National Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, will on 19 September 2016 organize a launching ceremony of the 2016 report in The Gambia at the regional Education Directorate 1 in Kanifing.

The event will be held to share the report findings with policymakers, stakeholders, teachers, and students, as well as to increase public awareness of education’s central role in achieving the sustainable development goals.

 According to the design of the programmes, a panel of experts will discuss the main conclusions and recommendations of the GEM Report 2016 and strategise to align the national education policy with SDG4 and its related targets.

In-depth discussion between the panelists and with the audience will further make it possible to highlight the opportunities and challenges posed by the new agenda for education.

It would be recalled that since 2002, UNESCO has published an evidence-based annual report to monitor progress towards the Education Millennium Development Goals.

Starting in 2016, a newly mandated series of reports entitled the ‘Global 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. It also discusses education in the SDGs and beyond.

The concept note the 2016 report establishes a monitoring framework and discusses key financing challenges.

 The report assesses post-2015 development in governance, financing and intersect oral integration that have implications for research and policy in education.

The theme for the 2016 report is not only focused on the complex interrelationship between education and key development sectors but also determines which education strategies, policies and programmes are most effectively linked to the economic, social, environmental and political priorities of the new sustainable  development agenda.

This concept note for the 2016 report is organised in four sections, namely new concepts and changing emphasis in the post-2015 era, monitoring the post-2015 education goal and other targets, financing issues and challenges, and theme of education, sustainability and the post-2015 development agenda.

“The 2016 report comprehensively examines the links between education and sustainable development by presenting literature-driven theoretical arguments, building on existing evidence from research, and analyzing filed-based interventions,” the UNESCO concept note stated.