The SDG4 High-Level Steering Committee's (HLSC) Functional Areas are interrelated and together create an overall enabling environment for accelerating progress towards the SDG4-Education 2030 agenda by facilitating global and regional cooperation on better evidence use for policy, data and monitoring, and financing. The Functional Area Technical Committees, co-chaired by two Sherpa Group members of which one is a Member State, aim to mobilize global and regional cooperation and harmonize initiatives.

Functional Area 2: Data and Monitoring

Monitor progress and improve the availability/use of data


  • Sherpa co-chairs: SAMEO and UNESCO
  • Technical co-leads: UNESCO Institute for Statistics and Global Education Monitoring Report
  • Technical Committee members: (chairs of the TCG working groups)
    • Gambia (administrative data)
    • Brazil (household survey data)
    • OECD (teacher data)
    • SEAMEO (finance data)
    • (RTI) (learning assessment data)

Functional Area 2’s overall objectives are i) to improve the availability of timely and accurate data on Sustainable Development Goal 4 indicators, with emphasis on the subset of benchmark indicators and ii) to improve the reporting and increase the use of such data to monitor progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4, strengthen accountability, and inform action.

Functional Area 2 has identified five priority strategies:

  1. Improve data accessibility through the Global Education Observatory
  2. Identify and reduce data gaps on Sustainable Development Goal 4
  3. Strengthen country participation in Technical Cooperation Group processes
  4. Continue efforts to develop national Sustainable Development Goal 4 benchmarks
  5. Monitor the Global Education Cooperation Mechanism’s Thematic focus areas