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Global online consultation on Post-2015 indicators

published 15 January 2015 updated 15 January 2015
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The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has launched a global online consultation to gather views on the proposed post-2015 global education indicators, drawn by the ad hoc Technical Advisory Group (TAG), including members from the EFA Global Monitoring Report, the OECD, UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank.

In the run-up to 2015, several initiatives are underway to formulate a new set of goals and targets for sustainable development. Based on consultations with member states, the Open Working Group (OWG) has released a proposal for the entire development agenda. In parallel, the international education community is also helping to shape the targets of a new post-2015 education agenda through Education for All (EFA) mechanisms. Their contributions are presented in the Muscat Agreement of the Global EFA Meeting that took place in Oman in May 2014. The targets of the agreement are closely aligned with the education targets formulated by the OWG.

In order to develop indicators to monitor these targets, in March 2014, the EFA Steering Committee set up a Technical Advisory Group(TAG) coordinated by UIS, to propose a set of indicators that could be used for global monitoring. The group released an initial proposal in July 2014 and an updated version in November 2014, entitled Towards indicators for a post-2015 education Framework, which incorporates and responds to concepts introduced by the OWG, Muscat Agreement and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The document uses a 'traffic light' system to score the proposed indicators according to the criteria of alignment and comparability. Some indicators will require considerable methodological work and national capacity development in the coming years if they are to be used for global monitoring purposes, i.e. to inform on country progress. New indicators may also be needed to better capture the meaning behind the proposed target.

Following the presentation of the document, an online consultation has been launched and is running up until 30 January 2015 to collect views on proposed indicators :

  1. For each target, does the report identify the best indicators that are most aligned with the concept and are already being tracked in a large number of countries?
  2. What new indicators could be developed to be more closely aligned with the proposed targets and have the potential to be globally comparable?
  3. If you were to select one input, one output, and one outcome indicator for each target, which ones would you prioritize?
  4. Are there key issues that the document has not addressed in a satisfactory way or other issues that also need to be taken into consideration?

Education unions' contribution to this consultation is fundamental to make sure that teacher-related issues are adequately captured and monitored in the next global development framework. Comments to the TAG proposal must be submitted using the feedback form and sent via email to [email protected] with 'Education Indicators Post-2015' as a subject heading.

Following the consultation, the TAG will review the list of indicators and the final proposal will be submitted for endorsement at the World Education Forum in Incheon (Korea) in May 2015.