The 2020 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched online on 23 June.
Titled ‘Inclusion and education: All means all’, the report is inspired by the 2015 Incheon Declaration and is a measure of progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4). These both call on countries to ‘ensure an inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning’.
The report investigates different forms of exclusion and how they are caused. It explores the barriers to education that are faced by vulnerable communities around the world and analyses policies and methods used to combat these barriers and support inclusion.
The report also includes ten recommendations for policy-makers. These calls to action take into account the barriers and issues related to inclusion covered in the report, which could prevent the world from achieving the SDG 4 targets by 2030. The recommendations are outlined in the GEM report summary.
The Agency was involved in the creation of the report as part of the reference group, together with other experts and stakeholders from around the world. The report itself references several Agency findings, including from the Profile of Inclusive Teachers, the Inclusive Early Childhood Education project, the Supporting Inclusive School Leadership project and European Agency Statistics on Inclusive Education data.
The Agency is also working with UNESCO on a regional edition of the GEM report for Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. The regional report is due to be published in December 2020.