The 2010 Global Education Digest

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The 2010 Global Education Digest focuses on gender and education to mark the 15th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women.
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Shortly after this landmark conference in 1995, the international community pledged to eliminate gender disparities at all levels of education by 2015 as part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As the official source of data to monitor advancement towards these goals, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has released the Digest on the eve of the UN Millennium Summit (New York, 20-22 September) to present the latest available data to analyse national progress and pitfalls in reaching the MDG education targets.

The report

“This new data tells us that we need to re-affirm our commitment to education and gender equality,” said UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova.

“The advances made in improving girls’ and women’s access to education and training over the past decades risk being undermined by reductions in international aid and national investments as the world struggles to cope with inter-locking crises. Yet, we all know that compromising the education of girls and women will only lead to more vulnerability and reinforce the vicious cycle of poverty.”[1]

The Digest presents a rich set of cross-nationally comparable data compiled by the UIS as well as statistical information from household surveys and assessments of learning achievement that capture the scope of gender disparities at all levels of education around the world.

Main findings and trends

Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) & Gender Parity Index (GPI) datasets

The 2010 Global Education Digest: Datasets

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See also


  1. 1.0 1.1, 2010 edition of the Global Education Digest, UIS website
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