Countries unlikely to meet their education goals – Unesco

In this photo taken on December 6, 2021, a kindergarten student participates in the pilot trial of face-to-face lessons at Comembo Elementary School in Makati City. PHOTO J. GERARD SEGUIA

Most countries, including the Philippines, will fall short of their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4 to ensure and provide inclusive and equitable education by 2030, according to a report by the United Nations Institute. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) statistics and the Global Education Monitoring Report.

The six key indicators for achieving SGD 4 were early childhood education attendance, school attendance, completion, minimum proficiency in reading and mathematics, trained teachers, and public education expenditure.

Of these indicators, the achievement of universal primary education was the most promising, with regions likely to achieve this goal.

However, other indicators, particularly accelerating progress in math skills, remain bleak.

“It is essential that nations hold themselves accountable to their commitments to their children. However, almost halfway through our deadline, the process has shown that, even by their own assessment, most countries should come no closer to the 2030 target,” said Silbaia Montoya, director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.

The director of the Global Education Monitoring Report, Manos Antoninis, acknowledged that the Covid-19 pandemic may have slowed or even reversed progress in education. He urged countries that have not yet submitted their benchmarks to plan realistic education goals for 2030.

Unesco said the current benchmarks will be reviewed this year to determine whether there is a need to revise expectations due to the pandemic.

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