New international reports examine equity and well-being in education

Two new reports have been published which explore equity and well-being in education in Europe and around the world.

The Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report for 2021–2022 focuses on non-state actors in education systems around the world. A publication from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), it analyses country profiles on UNESCO’s PEER website to examine the provision, resourcing and regulation of non-state education across the world. It also investigates the impact of non-state provision and the on-going COVID-19 pandemic on progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.

Due to a lack of regulation in many countries, the report finds that equity and inclusion – key principles of SDG 4 – may be at risk in non-state education. It invites policy-makers to investigate and question the role and relationships with non-state education actors to improve these basic principles for learners and make better progress towards SDG 4.

More information, including details of launch events and related background information, is available on the GEM Report website.

Meanwhile, the European Commission presented the 2021 Education and Training Monitor at the Fourth European Education Summit in December. The Monitor presents an annual assessment of education across the European Union (EU) countries. It also provides information on progress towards EU education targets.

The 2021 Monitor focuses on learner well-being, which is a particularly relevant topic during the pandemic. It provides examples of good practice from across EU Member States and identifies gaps in policy which require action. The full report, together with related infographics and statistics, is available on the Commission website.

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