January 21, 2022

Data: New Education Data Released For Countries in Every Region of the World, More Data Available via API

From the UNESCO Institute For Statistics (UIS):

The UIS has issued its most important education data release of the year, with a series of newly developed indicators to inform the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a wider range of data. From early childhood educational development programmes to tertiary and adult education, the release includes updated data for 2015 and for the 2016 reference year in a small number of countries.

The release includes many of the global and thematic indicators used to monitor SDG 4, which are presented in a series of interactive maps of the eAtlas for Education 2030.  With just a couple of clicks, it is possible to explore indicators, such as completion rates for different education levels, the supply of qualified teachers and government spending on education.

For the first time, the UIS is releasing SDG indicator 4.5.4, which provides a breakdown of expenditure per student by level of education and source of funding (government and households). In particular, this indicator sheds light on the extent to which households are shouldering the costs of education – including tuition fees, textbooks and other materials – as well as the hidden costs of uniforms, for example.


As part of the UIS commitment to open data, the Institute has increased the amount of data available through its API (application program interface).  Data users can now download more than 3,785 indicators and data from 1970 and onwards. The UIS Data Centre also includes regional averages and new indicators on a range of issues, such as pre-primary and early childhood education, gender parity and education spending.


To consult the latest available statistics, visit the Data Centre:

Then follow these three simple steps:

1.           Click on “Data by theme”

2.           Select the theme “Education”

3.           Select a data table

4.           Click “Customise” to select indicator, country and year(s)

The UIS education database is updated twice each year. New global and regional data on out-of-school-children and youth will be released in June 2017 as part of a policy paper that will analyse trends.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.