The 2010 Global Education Digest focuses specifically on gender and education to mark “Beijing +15” – the 15th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women. This edition presents a rich set of cross-nationally comparable data compiled by the UIS as well as information from household surveys and assessments of learning achievement that capture the scope of gender disparities across the world.
The international community pledged to eliminate gender disparities in all levels of education by 2015 as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Yet according to the UIS, which is responsible for monitoring the international education targets, 63% of countries (out of 157 with available data) are still faced with gender disparities in primary and secondary education and these imbalances will probably persist in nearly half of countries in 2015.
The Digest presents a wide range of education indicators and data for the school year ending in 2008 or the latest available year, as well as data for 2009 for a small number of countries. It includes data tables from the World Education Indicators programme, which are comparable across a group of 62 countries, including members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). These indicators can help benchmark the performance of national education systems.