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PROJECTING THE GLOBAL DEMAND FOR TEACHERS: Meeting the Global of Universal Primary Education by 2015
A new series of projections released by the UIS helps governments better gauge future needs for primary education teachers. Teachers are recognised for their central role in ensuring learning achievement for all because the government policies in developing countries move from an emphasis on the expansion of the quantity of provision. The shortage of primary teachers is an issue in all parts of the world amongst poor and rich countries alike. However, it is recognised as a particular obstacle for many less-developed countries seeking to achieve Education for All (EFA) and the time-bound goal of providing universal primary education (UPE) by 2015. Download the projection in English (pdf/1.11MB) or visit the UIS website for more information and related materials.

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The Guide to Measuring Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education represents a groundbreaking attempt to put in place internationally standardized concepts and indicator measurement specifications that will ensure consistent use and interpretation of ICT in education statistics among policymakers, statisticians, researchers, experts and statistical institutions across the world. This technical paper aims to set standards in a rapidly-changing field where technologies induce the use of new devices, different norms and procedures for teaching and learning. Download the guide in English (pdf/2.21MB) or visit the UIS website for more information and related materials.


The UNESCO World Report, entitled Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue is particularly timely in light of current world events. This report seeks to show that acknowledging cultural diversity helps to renew the international community's strategies in a series of areas in order to further its ambitious objectives, with the support and involvement of local populations. This report is currently available in six UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The report highlights the critical role cultural diversity plays in education, the media, human rights, sustainable development and the marketplace. The aim is to identify strategies to foster dialogue in diverse contexts. Download the report in English (pdf/15.5MB) or visit the UIS website for more information and related materials.

Pakistan Diagnostic Report (on education statistics)
This report is a diagnosis of the production and use of education statistics in Pakistan in relation to managing information and to monitor progress towards national and international education goals. It will be useful in the preparation of a realistic statistical capacity-building action plan for education statistics. It is jointly prepared by the National Technical Committee and the Ministry of Education of Pakistan in collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). It has been reprinted through the Office of the UIS Regional Advisor for Asia-Pacific at UNESCO Bangkok. Download Report


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The new 2009 UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics (FCS)
This new Framework which has been released provides the conceptual foundations to evaluate the economic and social contributions of culture. The main goal of the framework is to facilitate comparisons through a common understanding of culture by using standardized definitions and classifications.  It reflects global changes in technology, our understanding of cultural issues, advances in measurement, and progression in cultural policy priorities that have occurred since the 1986 framework.  Download the 2009 FCS in English (pdf/1.58MB) and French (pdf/1.56) or visit the UIS website for more information and related materials.


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EFA Global Monitoring Report 2009
Overcoming inequality: why governance matters is available in English and French. The summary report is available in six UN languages: English, French Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian. The 2009 edition focuses on governance, financing and management of education. It identifies the main achievements and challenges in achieving the EFA goals by the target date of 2015 and addresses the quality of education, inequalities in learning opportunities and policies that can help break the cycle of disadvantage and poverty. Download the report in English (pdf/8.8MB) or visit the EFA report page for more information and related documents.

A View Inside Primary Schools
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A View Inside Primary Schools - A World Education Indicators (WEI) cross-national study
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics has launched a new report, entitled A View Inside Primary Schools on Wednesday, 28 May 2008. The report is a part of the World Education Indicators (WEI) programme and presents results of a unique survey conducted in 11 countries in Latin America, Asia and North America. "This survey offers a wealth of data. On the one hand, we see the extent to which schools lack the most basic elements - running water or electricity - that are taken for granted in the developed countries," says Hendrik van der Pol, director of the Institute. "But the data also reveal how social inequality affects a child's opportunity to learn. And clearly, no country - rich or poor - is immune to these disparities." Download the report in English (pdf/2.4MB) or visit the UIS website for more information and related materials.

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The Next Generation of Literacy Statistics
Implementing the Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has completed pilot testing for the Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme (LAMP). This Technical Paper marks the first edition of a new series of UIS publications in the implementation of LAMP. The publication highlights developments in this standard, which will ultimately transform our understanding of a population's literacy skills. What sets LAMP apart from other surveys?  What skills does it measure and how? How can LAMP respond to the specific conditions and priorities of individual countries? Download the report in English (pdf/1MB).

EFA Global Monitoring Report 2009 East Asia Report Card
Based on the key findings of the 2009 EFA Global Monitoring Report, this eight-page card contains key education statistics from selected East Asian countries. Among education indicators featured are the EFA Development Index which tracks EFA progress in countries. Also included are gender disparities in secondary education, trends in primary net enrolment ratios, public expenditure on education, adult and youth literacy rates, and the number of out-of-school children by region. Available for download in English (pdf/729KB) and Thai (pdf/864KB). Download the 2008 EFA GMR Report Card - Part I and Part II

Using a Literacy Module for Household Surveys: A Guidebook
The Assessment, Information Systems, Monitoring and Statistics (AIMS) Unit, in collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) Headquarters in Montreal, the UNESCO Bangkok Education sector and Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT), has developed this guidebook in order to help social surveyors effectively use the module when they plan and conduct household surveys. The Household Survey-based Literacy Module presents a series of questions that examine literacy levels and gather information about the use of literacy skills in daily life. This guidebook is primarily intended for statistical and planning units dealing with literacy within education ministries and statisticians in charge of household survey design within national statistical offices (NSOs) of developing countries. Download the guidebook (pdf/1MB)

Towards Information Literacy Indicators
The UNESCO Information for All Programme (IFAP) and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) have published a new booklet, Towards Information Literacy Indicators, which proposes a framework that measures the impact of knowledge societies from the public's viewpoint and governments' priorities. The framework defines information literacy and introduces its implications, particularly from a measurement perspective. Methodologies including the UIS Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme (LAMP) were drawn upon, and elements from the UIS press and broadcast surveys were also used. For more information access the: UIS Website

Guidelines for countries undertaking EFA assessment
The working draft of the Guidelines for the Asia and Pacific EFA Mid-Decade Assessment: Identifying and Reaching the Unreached is primarily designed to support countries and provide the guidance and tools required to carry out the EFA assessment. The document is still a working draft and is being distributed for further technical review and comments. Countries can use the Guidelines as reference but should take into account that it is still a draft version. Prepared on behalf of the Regional Thematic Working Group on EFA by UNESCO Bangkok’s UIS-AIMS Unit and the UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Office. Download the pdf version (958KB)

The State of the Teachers in Asia and the Pacific
This report card contains vital statistics related to the state of primary and secondary education level teachers in selected countries in Asia and the Pacific. It is based on the UNESCO Institute for Statistics’ (UIS) Teachers and Educational Quality: Monitoring Global Needs for 2015 report. Prepared by the UIS-AIMS Unit, the report card uses tables and charts to present key indicators for easy reading. Included are data on teacher stock, percentage of female teachers, pupil-teacher ratios, and number of primary teachers by age group. Download the report card (pdf/334KB)

EFA Mid-Decade Assessment Meeting Report (Country Recommendations)
This report contains a summary of presentations and the recommendations agreed to by country representatives during the EFA Mid-Decade Assessment Planning Meeting in October 2005. It contains recommendations on specific issues related to each EFA goal that should be studied as part of the assessment and recommendations on how to make the process participatory, relevant and effective. This report, published by UNESCO Bangkok's UIS-AIMS Unit, can be a useful reference for countries planning to assess their progress and gaps in achieving the EFA goals. Download the Meeting Report (pdf/940 KB)

UIS' Global Education Digest 2006
The latest edition of the Global Education Digest published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) presents a wide range of comparable education indicators that can be used to assess progress towards the EFA and Millennium Development Goals. The 2006 edition features new indicators that track the flow of internationally mobile students from the perspectives of both the sending and receiving (host) countries. This year’s Digest also presents regional averages for a greater number of education indicators and, for the first time, adult and youth literacy rates. Download the report from the UIS Website 


Children Out of School: Measuring Exclusion from Primary Education
An estimated 115 million primary school-age children are out of school according to a joint UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)-UNICEF report. The report seeks to assess better the magnitude of the problem and monitor progress towards the 2015 EFA targets. New estimates presented in this report addresses deficiencies in both the methods and data used previously. It also looks at why children leave school early and the use of household survey data for providing greater insights about the out-of-school population and demand for education. Download the report from the UIS Website.


Global Education Digest 2005

The report, the third in an annual series of UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) global statistical reports, provides the latest key education indicators from early childhood to higher education. It also includes new indicators and an overview addressing participation in secondary education across the world. The digest serves to monitor progress towards the Education for All (EFA) goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). UNESCO Bangkok's AIMS unit, as the Office of the Regional Advisor for UIS, is actively involved in the production and dissemination of this digest. Download the digest (pdf) or visit the UIS Website. Data in the statistical tables of the report is available at the UIS online database.


Education Trends in Perspective - Analysis of the World Education Indicators
This study by UNESCO and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) analyzes the trends in countries included in the UNESCO/OECD World Education Indicators programme between 1995 and 2003. It compares data from 19 middle-income countries with figures from OECD member countries. This volume, the fourth in a series, examines the factors that can generate growth in education in one country and constrain it in another. For more information including links to the report and the statistical tables, please visit the UNESCO Institute for Statistics Website.