Strengthening accountability in the implementation of SDG4 - Education 2030

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 1 November 2017 -
3:00pm to 6:00pm
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
General Conference

Wednesday 1st November 2017 from 3pm to 6pm, UNESCO HQ Room II

Two ministerial level panel debates will explore the different processes, mechanisms or instruments established by governments to promote accountability and transparency, including through public monitoring and reporting. They will also examine how greater accountability can improve financing for education, and how to move the Education 2030 agenda 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.

These timely debates follow the breakfast presentation of the 2017/18 Global Education Monitoring Report on:
‘Accountability in Education: Meeting our Commitments'.

Participants will bring both advisory and policymaker perspectives to the panel discussion.


Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General
Qian Tang, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education
Manos Antoninis, Director, Global Education Monitoring Report


• Group I (Western European and North American States): H.E. Mr Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports & Minister for the Family, Canada (Quebec)
• Group I (Western European and North American States): H.E. Ms Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Minister of Education, Finland
• Group II (Eastern European States): H.E. Ms Mailis Reps, Minister of Education, Estonia
• Group II (Eastern European States): H.E. Dr Maja Makovec Brenčič, Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia
• Group III (Latin-American and Caribbean States): H.E. Mr Roberto Aguilar, Minister of Education, Bolivia
• Group III (Latin-American and Caribbean States): H.E. Ms Cira Piñeiro Alonso, Deputy Minister of Education, Cuba
• Group IV (Asian and Pacific States): H.E. Mr Chen Baosheng, Minister of Education, China
• Group IV (Asian and Pacific States): H.E. Mr Henry Puna, Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Cook Islands
• Group Va (African States): H.E. Mr Lazarus Dokora, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Zimbabwe
• Group Va (African States): H.E. Mr George Kronnisanyon Werner, Minister of Education, Liberia
• Group Vb (Arab States): H.E. Mr Sabri Saidam, Minister of Education and Higher Education, Palestine
• Group Vb (Arab States): H.E. Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed AL-Issa, Minister of Education, Saudi Arabia
• E-9 group: H.E. Mr Nurul Islam Nahid, Minister of Education, Bangladesh