Global education digest 2008: Comparing education statistics across the world

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This report presents the latest available data for more than 200 countries and explains how UNESCO Institute for Statistics data are collected, processed and reported.The 2008 edition presents the latest available data for more than 200 countries and territories including 2007 data for a number of countries. It includes a wider range of indicators than previous editions. In particular, it presents data collected through the World Education Indicators (WEI) programme, which is led by the UIS and participating countries, as well as the UOE data collection, which is jointly administered by the UIS, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Eurostat. These data tables provide detailed information on the education systems and resources of 62 middle-and high-income countries.

The Digest also presents the initial results of a major UIS initiative to build a more robust set of historical time series data to track global trends in primary and secondary education. These data can be used to provide a global perspective on long-term progress towards educational goals and to identify the advances and setbacks of individual countries.

The Institute?s historical dataset now includes about 30 indicators for more than 200 countries and territories. The Digest presents 15 of these indicators, which are most commonly used for monitoring progress towards Education for All and related targets of the Millennium Development Goals. The complete dataset can be accessed in the UIS Data Centre.

Finally, the Digest presents an insider?s view of how UIS data are collected, processed and reported. It examines the major components of the Institute?s annual education survey and the policy priorities that it is designed to address. The report also focuses on the diverse challenges and mechanisms involved in producing cross-national indicators, which are essential for benchmarking progress towards national and international education goals.

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