Building consensus for better measurement
The Technical Co-operation Group for SDG 4 – Education 2030 builds consensus on the SDG 4 measurement agenda and provides the opportunity for Member States, multilateral agencies and civil society groups to make recommendations to the UIS, which is responsible for coordinating the technical work needed to define and implement the global and thematic indicators.
It is co-chaired by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and UNESCO Education Sector’s Division of Education 2030 Support and Coordination (UNESCO ED/ESC).
The UIS is the “the official source of cross-nationally comparable data on education”, as stated in the Education 2030 Framework for Action. The UIS has been given the mandate to “work with partners to develop new indicators, statistical approaches and monitoring tools to better assess progress across the targets related to UNESCO’s mandate, working in coordination with the Education 2030 Steering Committee.”
The Education 2030 Framework for Action presents 43 proposed indicators, including the 11 global monitoring indicators for SDG 4. Despite broad agreement on this proposal, questions remain about some of the indicators regarding their agreed-upon definition and the feasibility of producing them nationally or globally.
In response, the TCG brings together representatives of Member States, multilateral organizations and civil society groups to:
The TCG builds on the work of the Technical Advisory Group on post-2015 education indicators (TAG), which developed the indicator framework based on global consultations.
Given its mandate to produce the standards and data needed to track SDG4-Education 2030, the UIS responds to the recommendations of the TCG; it also serves as the Secretariat for the TCG. The Institute works on a daily basis with national and regional statistical offices and education ministries around the world, giving it a unique perspective on the challenges of producing cross-nationally comparable data.
The TCG creates working groups to focus on each target of SDG 4.
Read more about TCG meetings:
First meeting, 12-13 May, Washington, D.C.