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The 2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, Education for people and planet: Creating sustainable futures for all

The 2016 GEM Report, the first of a new 15-year series, shows that the world risks achieving its key global education commitments half a century late, having huge consequences for major development outcomes. It warns that education needs to fundamentally change if we are to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Education needs a major transformation to meet the current challenges facing humanity and the planet. On current trends, the world will achieve universal primary education in 2042, universal lower secondary education in 2059 and universal upper secondary education in 2084. This means the world would be half a century late for the 2030 SDG deadline. 

In the first half of this report, it is highlighted that education can serve as a catalyst for the overall sustainable development agenda. It presents compelling arguments and evidence for the types of education that are vital for achieving the goals of poverty reduction, hunger eradication, improved health, gender equality and empowerment, sustainable agriculture, resilient cities and more equal, inclusive and just societies. In the second half, the report tackles the many challenges concerning ways of assessing progress towards the fourth Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 4), including concrete recommendations for policy change at the national, regional and global level. Each of the seven education targets and three means of implementation in SDG 4 are examined in turn. In addition, education finance and education systems are analysed, as is the extent to which education can be monitored in the other SDG goals. 

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The Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) is developed by an independent team and published by UNESCO. It replaces UNESCO’s EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR). World Education Blog / Blog de la Educación Mundial


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