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About GEO

The Global Education Observatory (GEO) brings together administrative data, household surveys, learning assessments and education finance from various data producers, notably the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, to explore the progress made towards SDG 4, the global education goal.


The Global Education Observatory (GEO) uses a range of data sources for the official reporting on SDG 4 indicators, all of which are available on the Technical Cooperation Group on the Indicators for SDG 4 - Education 2030 (TCG) and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). The data on national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic comes from the UNESCO School Closure Tracker and the Joint Survey on National Education Responses to COVID-19 School Closure, a joint partnership between UNESCO, the World Bank, UNICEF and the OECD.

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About the UNESCO Institute for Statistics

The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) is the official statistical agency of UNESCO and the UN depository for global statistics in the fields of education, science, culture and communication. According to the Education 2030 Framework for Action, the UIS has the mandate to be the official source of cross-nationally comparable data on education and works directly with national statistical offices, line ministries and other statistical organizations to develop the methodologies, standards and indicators needed to monitor progress towards SDG 4.

About Sustainable Development Goal 4

In September 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York, Member States formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda contains 17 goals, one of which, SDG 4, is to ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’. SDG 4 has seven targets and three means of implementation through which it aims to give children and young people access to education and other learning opportunities. Each of these areas are monitored and reported using indicators measured at the global, regional, and national levels.

Country Groups

It is possible to explore the information presented by two types of country groups: SDG regions and World Bank income groups.


General email

UNESCO Institute for Statistics
UNESCO Institute for Statistics
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Montreal, Quebec H3G 2K8