Last year, EdStats introduced the Data Availability module to bring attention to the gaps in available education data around the world. The module is based on data in EdStats Data Query, which stores over 450 indicators for 225 countries and regions. Of this total, 283 indicators are updated annually by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), but some countries do not report all data to the UIS, which limits the availability of educational information.
In recent decades, the World Bank, UIS, and donor community have been working with local governments to improve the latter’s capacity to collect and use educational statistics. Certainly there has been some progress: In 1990 and 1995, the availability of data on the 283 indicators tracked annually was 45 and 46 percent respectively, whereas for the 2000–2006 period, availability averaged 64.1 percent. As of the July 2009 UIS update, 2007 data availability appeared to be lower than previous years (59 percent), but the percentage might rise with the autumn UIS data update. Data are still not available for one-third of all indicators. Much work remains to generate reliable and timely education statistics at the global level.
The map below shows the range of data availability in countries and/or regions around the world. The 67 countries highlighted in blue have the highest levels of data availability, but only 8 have data available for 90 percent or more of indicators. Data availability appears to be quite high in most of Europe; South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa generally seem to have more countries with lower levels of availability. Data availability in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Middle East and North Africa (MNA), and East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) regions seems mixed, with availability varying by country. The following pages detail available country-level information.
In order to review the availability of educational information by country or indicator click on the following links:
Data availability by country
Data availability by indicator