Strengthening accountability in the implementation of SDG4-Education 2030
Two ministerial level panel debates aim to share knowledge and experiences on what countries have undertaken, and how to move the Education 2030 agenda forward. Such reflection is expected to enhance our understanding of the key challenges, as well as opportunities, for strengthening accountability in the implementation of SDG 4 – Education 2030 commitments and the right to inclusive, equitable and quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. In addition, the discussion will provide further peer insights into other changes occurring at the country level in the implementation of the new education agenda to inform the way forward.
Presentation on Accountability in education by Manos Antoninis, Director, Global Education Monitoring Report.
Based on a succinct presentation of the 2017/18 Global Education Monitoring Report devoted to the theme of accountability in education, this introductory presentation will serve to frame the two panel discussions.
Panel 1: Accountability: A diversity of approaches
Accountability aims to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of education systems, ultimately in view of improving individual, social and development outcomes for all. It implies the need for timely, reliable, and transparent data that can properly inform decisions relative to the deployment of funds and the regulation of education institutions, the quality and relevance of the learning, as well as the degree of alignment of learning outcomes with desired national education and development goals. Understandings of and approaches to accountability in education vary enormously across contexts. By featuring the multitude of approaches, policy measures, strategies and tools used by governments in the context of SDG, this panel discussion will identify the enabling environments required for effective accountability across the diversity of contexts.
Panel 2: Financing accountability
Financial accountability is key to the success of Education 2030. It relates to two obligations for all education stakeholders, namely: (i) that institutions report on how resources have been spent and, (ii) that institutions act in accordance with the rule of law. In education, governments are accountable to their citizens and are responsible for ensuring that public funds are allocated to the purposes for which they were committed, and are spent in a way that delivers education to all learners, in particular to those belonging to disadvantaged communities. Reliable and complete information on the sources and uses of financial resources is key to monitor the extent to which governments have efficiently spent funds according to the priority areas budgeted in their education plans. This panel examines ways in which improved accountability can improve financing, especially from the domestic sources, of education.