The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General’s synthesis report in 2014 called for countries to embrace “a culture of shared responsibility” in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, based on “benchmarking for progress”. Building on this idea within the education sector, Paragraph 28 of the Education 2030 Framework for Action, which is the roadmap for achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, called on countries to establish “appropriate intermediate benchmarks … for addressing the accountability deficit associated with longer-term targets”.
This publication describes the steps taken to the agreed regional and national benchmarks on selected SDG 4 indicators ranging from early childhood education attendance to out-of-school rates, completion rates, gender gaps in completion rates, minimum proficiency rates in reading and mathematics, trained teachers, and public education expenditure. Subsequently, this publication will provide an initial analysis on the current situation of achieving SDG 4 based on the selected indicators as submitted by participating countries.
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