Meet the SDG 4 Data: Equal Access to All Levels of Education and Training for the Most Vulnerable People

By Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
This blog was also published by the Global Partnership for Education (
GPE)

Learn about the parity indices used to monitor progress towards Target 4.5, which aims to eliminate inequalities in education.

This series of blogs on the indicators for Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on education has been careful not to single out any single indicator as being more important than any other. Indeed, if we are to reach SDG 4 – quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for everybody – we have to see all the indicators, from free primary schooling to the availability of qualified teachers, as indivisible.

Yet when we examine SDG Target 4.5 on eliminating disparities in education, we find ourselves at the very heart of the SDG vision. A common thread runs through every SDG goal, target and indicator. That thread is equity, backed by strong determination to ensure that nobody is left behind. SDG Target 4.5 stands squarely at the intersection between this vision and the measurement of its achievement.

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Meet the SDG 4 Data: Indicator 4.4.1 on Skills for a Digital World

By Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
This blog was also published by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

SDG 4 Indicator 4.4.1 measures how many youth and adults have the right information technology skills, giving them a path to better jobs

As we unpack the data that are needed for the achievement of SDG 4 on education, we are going to dig a little deeper into the key skills that young people need in the 21st century workplace. And in this digital age, that means the ability to make good use of information and communications technology (ICT).

As I noted in an earlier blog, there are so many positives about the digital technologies that are transforming the way we live, work and learn. It’s probably fair to say that digital literacy is now an essential skill for everyone, everywhere. We all need to know how to make good use of these new technologies.

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Meet the SDG 4 Data: Giving Youth the Skills They Need for the Job Market

By Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
This blog was cross-published by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

This week we review SDG 4 Target 4.3 on quality technical, vocational and tertiary education 

As we travel through the SDG 4 data in this series of blogs, we have already looked at the all-important preparation for schooling and the minimum proficiency levels that tell us whether children are on track. Now we shift our focus towards the end of schooling: the technical, vocational and tertiary education that pave the way for a productive adult life.     Continue reading