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Countries follow different paths to achieve their education targets. Having access to comparable information on choices made in different systems can enrich education planners' and decision makers' perspectives on how to overcome their challenges. Systematic and comprehensive information on national education legislation, policies and programmes on issues central to achieving SDG 4, our global education goal, is necessary to inform policy dialogue at sub-regional, regional and international levels.

Profiles Enhancing Education Reviews (PEER)

These Profiles Enhancing Education Reviews (PEER) aim to describe all countries’ laws and policies on key themes in education so as to improve the evidence base on the implementation of national education strategies. The profiles are related to the theme of the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report and are primarily prepared through desk review by the GEM Report team, complemented by commissioned research to add subnational examples for selected countries with complex institutional structures. For all profiles on the website, when they are drafted, countries are invited through their delegation at UNESCO to review and update the information. When this step of the process is complete, it is indicated on the website on the relevant page of the country’s profile with a blue tick.

The profiles contain four chapters so far, the first covering inclusion in education, the theme of the 2020 GEM Report. The second chapter covers equitable finance, made available in January, 2021 and analysed in a policy paper. The third chapter covers climate change communication and education. The first 20 profiles released in November 2021 during the COP26 will be followed by another 50 profiles in 2022. An additional chapter has been released covering the provision and regulation of non-state actors in education, the theme of the 2021 GEM Report. Subsequent chapters also in development will cover comprehensive sexuality education and technology in education.