London launch of UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report calls for fundamental changes in education in order to meet new global goals for education

The world launch of UNESCO’s landmark publication on global education standards, the Global Education Monitoring Report, took place at the Institute of Education in London last month.

Speakers, including Denmark’s former Prime Minister and now Chief Executive of Save the Children International, Helle Thorning-Schmidt and  highlighted the requirement for long-term collaborative relationships between the education sector and other sectors – from health and environment, to employment and justice – in order to tackle the most persistent challenges people and the planet face, and achieve our shared vision of a more inclusive, equitable and peaceful world.

Drawing on a well-tested model and twelve reports produced since 2002, the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report has received a new mandate to monitor progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (“ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”), as well as education targets in other SDGs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This year’s GEM Report examines the reciprocal links between education and key areas of the sustainability agenda: reducing poverty, eradicating hunger, improving health, fostering gender equality and women’s empowerment, promoting sustainable production and consumption, building resilient cities, and more equal and inclusive societies. Drawing on wide-ranging evidence and data sources, it builds compelling arguments on the types of education that are vital to achieve these facets of sustainable development.

The UKNC has recently highlighted the critical role of pedagogy, and teacher training in the achievement of SDG4. Our Non Executive Director for Education, Gary Brace, explored this theme as a key note speaker at the recent Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit, which was attended by teacher educators from across the globe, focussed on practical ways that teacher education can be mobilised to help deliver the UNESCO Education 2030 Framework for Action.

For more information on the 2016 Report and to download the full study here.