The inclusion of Global Citizenship Education in student assessment appears to make progress, but more efforts are needed

30 August 2017


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Student assessment is a key area to measure GCED learning outcomes. Data reveals that less than half of reporting countries have included GCED in their assessments of students across education.

UNESCO commissioned an analysis of the country reports to the fourth and fifth consultations on the implementation of the Recommendation concerning Education for International Understanding, Cooperation and Peace and Education relating to Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1974) in light of Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goal on Education. The analysis included 57 reports from 2012. These series of key findings are presented ahead of the forthcoming data from 2016.

As presented below, for countries reporting in 2012 the percentage was 46%.

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). 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.

UNESCO has received 82 country reports with data from 2016 and data will be available by mid-2017.

As the world moves forward on the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, UNESCO is committed to monitoring the progress towards the achievement of Target 4.7, with a focus on Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship. Regular reports, news, analyses, publications and links to data sets produced by UNESCO and its partner provide evidence that indicate how the world is progressing towards the achievement of the Target.