New agreement to measure global citizenship and sustainable development education

UNESCO and the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) have established an official agreement to collaborate in the area of measuring Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

The UNESCO – IEA collaboration will focus on measuring Target 4.7 of the 2030 Education Agenda which includes GCED and ESD, the aim of which is to “…ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.”

IEA administers the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS), one of the major sources of data collection for Target 4.7.  UNESCO and IEA have already collaborated in identifying a set of potential indicators for measuring Target 4.7, one of which is being considered as a potential global indicator for Target 4.7.

The two organizations will continue their collaboration to further align future cycles of the ICCS study with the indicator for Target 4.7 and to develop at least one thematic report, relevant to GCED and ESD.

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For more information about IEA and the ICCS study