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UNESCO publishes first Global Education Digest
Editorial Contact: Sue Williams Bureau of Public Information, Editorial Section Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 17 06 - Email

24-10-2003 3:25 pm How to gain an accurate picture of the performance of education systems around the world? Which data can provide a perspective of students’ participation, progression and completion? The Global Education Digest*, just published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), seeks to answer these questions, providing the latest key education indicators for all countries of the world.GED-Cover-Front-EN_300.jpg

This first edition of the Digest presents detailed statistical tables from early childhood to higher education, according to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED97), as well as data on foreign students – how many there are, where they are from and where they are studying – and how much money governments are investing in their education systems.

The Digest also presents a chapter entitled “The State of Global Education Statistics: Measuring Progress Towards Universal Primary Education”, which analyses the different measures of educational participation, progression and completion. It also stresses the importance that a range of indicators be used to monitor international education targets, and points out that any accurate assessment of education systems must include an evaluation of the knowledge acquired by students during their schooling, especially in developing countries.

“This new digest is a solid first step towards making data more useful, bringing together data on education systems throughout the world on a comparable basis,” says Denise Lievesley, Director of the UIS. “This comparative framework allows countries to benchmark their progress against neighbouring or similar countries and provides a lens to interpret the outcomes of education reforms from different parts of the world.”

The Global Education Digest is an annual publication from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, based in Montreal (Canada). The first edition reports data for the school years 1999/2000 and 2000/2001. An accompanying CD-Rom includes the data for these years plus the school year 1998/1999.

*The Global Education Digest and CD-Rom are available free of charge from:
UNESCO Institute for Statistics
P.O. Box 6128, Succursale Centre-Ville
Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7
The education database can be accessed and the report downloaded from the UIS website at: http://www.uis.unesco.org

Source Press Release N° 2003-89

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