The 2011 edition of the Global Education Digest, published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), presents a wide range of indicators on the extent to which girls and boys are enrolling in and completing secondary education. To enrich policy debates, the report also examines the human and financial resources that go into this level of education.
The International Bureau of Education (IBE) contributed to this edition of the Digest supporting the verification of information on the duration of compulsory education (about 110 country cases checked). The IBE also contributed to the proposed new definition of compulsory education for the UIS Education Surveys, ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) questionnaire and related glossary that will be used in 2012. The purpose of this initiative has been to identify inconsistencies across existing databases, enhance the quality and reliability of information provided through different sources, and improve data collection.
Building on this fruitful collaboration, at the beginning of 2012 IBE and UIS will launch a Global Survey on Instructional Time. This survey is expected to result in a standardised global database and improve the extent to which reliable data on instructional time is available for policy development, educational reform and research.