Nairobi, Kenya 26 February 2018 – The Global Education Monitoring Report 2017/18 on Accountability in Education: Meeting our Commitments draws the world’s attention to the different types of accountability relationships in all education systems. Accountability is about bringing together diverse actors through networks of control, oversight, cooperation and reporting.
Typically, these mechanisms include parliaments and their education committees, elected public officials, education and finance ministries, legislatures, inspectorates, standard-setting entities, audit 2 institutions, bilateral and multilateral agencies, civil society organizations, public and private providers of formal and non-formal education, teachers and educators, school principals, professional organizations, parents and local communities, and the learners themselves.
All these actors are collectively responsible or accountable for the successful operation of education systems that are meant to advance learning and competencies at all levels. When systems fail, people generally want someone to be held responsible, and for mechanisms to be in place to ensure corrective action through urgent solutions. Governments are primarily held accountable for their commitments to the right to education.
The GEM Report 2017/18 traces the evolution of the education discourse agenda from Jomtien to Dakar and Incheon, and from the MDGs to the SDGs highlighting the extent to which countries should be held to account. The Report also identifies the accountability mechanisms needed to monitor the Education 2030 goals for various stakeholders at different levels of governance.
The Report includes a thematic and monitoring section. The thematic section focuses on the rationale, effectiveness, and the intended and unintended consequences of different accountability frameworks, while the monitoring section assesses progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 and its targets.
No approach to accountability can be successful without a strong enabling environment that provides actors with adequate resources, capacity, motivation and information to fulfil their responsibilities.
UNESCO, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO, is organizing the National Launch of the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEMR) 2017 on 28 February 2018 at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.