The Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) is one of the most comprehensive and authoritative reports on the progress of education objectives enshrined in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The report is formulated after extensive research undertaken by the GEM report team on the progress made by the UN member states. The directives of the report are derived from the World Education Forum and the Education 2030 Framework for Action.
The report is highly commendable because of the two separate divisions in it. While one section emphasizes the proper explanation of the theme, the other part covers the monitoring activities that keep track of the progress of the nations involved.
Each year, the report is based on different themes to provide a comprehensive overview of the particular agenda.
The theme for the 2016 report was ‘People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Futures For All’ that highlights the importance of education in achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development goals. The theme for the ‘2017 GEM report was Accountability in Education: Meeting our Commitments’ that probed the accountability for providing equitable, efficient and effective education. The 2019 GEM report kept with the tradition of assessing the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals while focusing on the theme of ‘Migration Displacement & Education.’
The theme of GEM 2020 is “Inclusion” that goes in line with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development of ‘Leave no one behind.’
According to the concept note of the 2020 GEM report, it intends to provide a foundation for consulting, stimulating, discussing and drawing out feedback from the stakeholders.
The report will provide an in-depth review of Inclusion in Education and will shed light on the excluded ones. The exclusion can be of either background or ability. The inspiration for the report was derived from the Incheom Declaration of 2015 and the previous objective of SDG4 of providing inclusive and equitable education without compromising with the quality.
The roadblocks that are keeping us from achieving the goals along with the examples of nations that have achieved success in tackling these challenges will also have a brief explanation in the report.
Some of the things included in the report will be a distinct interpretation of the word ‘Inclusion,’ lack of teacher's support, data about the excluded ones, infrastructure issues, special schools, lack of political & financial issues, and community support.
The 2020 GEM report was meant to be launched on the 8th of April but due to the corona pandemic spreading throughout the world, the launch was rescheduled on the 23rd of June.
The launch was supposed to take place at Accra, Dubai, Jakarta and Washington D.C. and the report team decided to give it a virtual launch.
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