Global Education Monitoring Reports

The Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) monitors progress towards education targets in the new Sustainable Development Goals framework. Each Report is developed over a 12 to 18-month period and draws on scholarship and expertise from governments, NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies, UNESCO institutes, academia and specialized research institutions.

The GEM Report was previously known as the EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR), whose mandate was to assess global progress towards achieving the six 'Dakar' EFA goals. Twelve reports in total were published since 2000 as part of this series.

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Policy Papers

The GEM Report is an indispensable advocacy and technical tool for all involved in promoting equitable and quality education. In order to inform policy debates, and keep key challenges and barriers to targets in the SDG4 goal on education high on the international agenda, the Report produces a series of policy papers each year.

These cover issues related to conflict and education, finance, teachers, the private sector, natural resources and more. They are often accompanied by infographics and are frequently produced in partnership with other advocacy focused organisations.

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Regional Resources

So as to feed into regional debates on topics related to Education for All, the GEM Report breaks down its annual report into regional summaries and fact sheets. The regional groupings are set by the UNSD regional classification.

They are named as follows: Caucasus and Central Asia (8 countries), Eastern and South-eastern Asia (18 countries and territories), Europe and North America (46 countries), Latin Americ anad the Caribbean (43 countries and territories), Northen Africa and Western Asia (20 countries and territories), The Pacific (17 countries and territories), Southern Asia (9 countries), Sub-Saharan Africa (48 countries). 

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Technical Papers

The Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) produces many global figures that are widely used for advocacy and campaigning the world over. The Report produces background technical papers in order to explain the methodology behind many of these findings.

These include papers explaining the calculation that there are 250 million children who are not learning the basics, over half of whom are in school, and on the Report’s projections for reaching the new education targets in the Sustainable Development Agenda.

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